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The Vincast Episode 120 – Jim Chatto from Mount Pleasant & Chatto Wines

Becoming the Chief Winemaker for Mount Pleasant Wines – one of the most important and historic vineyard/winery operations in Australia – is no mean feat. Being only the fourth chief winemaker since Maurice O’Shea is even more impressive. With incredible and diverse winemaking experience behind him, Jim Chatto did this a few years ago. He also manage to find time to produce some outstanding wines in Tasmania under the Chatto Wines label, where he has also recently been appointed Chief Winemaker of Kreglinger Estates.

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Let’s Taste – Stefano Lubiana Collina 2012 & Sasso 2013

In 2016 one of the top wines I tasted here on Let’s Taste was the Stefano Lubiana Late Disgorged 1996 sparkling wine. I picked up the bottle when I visited their winery in the Derwent Valley just outside of Hobart in Tasmania. They generously (very) sent me some samples of their top two wines, and I was absolutely thrilled to share my impressions here. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!

Wines tasted;
Stefano Lubiana Collina Chardonnay 2012 – RRP $90.00
Stefano Lubiana Sasso Pinot Noir 2013 – RRP $120.00

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April 3, 2017 · 4:49 pm

The Vincast Episode 110 – Ed Carr from House of Arras

Ed Carr is unquestionably Australia’s finest sparkling winemaker, but you may not be aware that he has pretty much always had that focus on Australian bubbles. Initially entering the wine industry as a microbiologist (from the milk industry in fact), he found a real interest in the science and process of winemaking. In 1986 he was appointed the sparkling winemaker for Seaview based in the Barossa Valley,  where he remained until being offered a position to oversee all sparkling production for BRL Hardy (now Accolade Wines). This was when Arras was conceived of, and through his tireless efforts and a close relationship with Tasmania, he has built it to be one of the finest sparkling producers in the world.

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The Vincast Episode 105 – Joe Holyman from Stoney Rise Wine Company

Joe Holyman is an incredibly well-respected winemaker based in Tasmania, producing outstanding pinot noir and chardonnay under his Holyman and Stoney Rise labels. The respect he has garnered has not only come from his years of varied experience in many facets of the industry, but also from the fact that he is one of the loveliest guys you’re likely to meet. Joe joined me on this episode of Australia’s only podcast dedicated to wine, to share his journey and his passion for Tasmania.

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Let’s Taste – Two Metre Tall Snakebite

When I finally visited Two Metre Tall Brewhouse in the Derwent Valley Tasmania, I was totally seduced. Not only by the scenery, nor the product. But by Ashley Huntington in particular. I couldn’t resist in bringing home a bottle of something home with me, and that something was the Snakebite. Here are my impressions of this unique product, let me know what you think in the comments!

Two Metre Tall Snakebite

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June 22, 2016 · 8:10 pm

Let’s Taste – Stefano Lubiana Late Disgorged 1996

I recently visited the Derwent Valley in Tasmania for the first time since I was a baby visiting family, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit Tasmanian wine legend Steve Lubiana. After an awesome tour through the winery, vineyards & cellars with Steve, a tasting of some of the wines, and a wonderful Italian Osteria style lunch, I bought a bottle of the Late Disgorged 1996 to take away with me. Here I open and share my impressions of this amazing wine, let me know what you think of Tassie sparkling in the comments below.

Stefano Lubiana Late Disgorged 1996

Stefano Lubiana Late Disgorged 1996

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June 18, 2016 · 5:46 pm

The Vincast Episode 096 – Sam Connew from Stargazer Wines

Would you believe it if I told you that in spite of being born in New Zealand and having extensive winemaking experience, Sam Connew has never had a vintage across the Tasman Sea! She has however worked in some of Australia’s most famous and historic regions, including the McLaren Vale and the Hunter Valley. More recently it has been in Tasmania where she has started carving out her own identity under the Stargazer brand, and she joined me on this episode of The Vincast to talk about how her journey informed her passion for cool-climate expressions.

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The Vincast Episode 095 – Sue Dyson and Roger McShane from Living Wines

One of the most authentic voices about great restaurants and natural wine comes from somewhere you may least expect; Hobart, Tasmania. This is where for many years Sue Dyson and Roger McShane have been based, travelling and writing about the best places to eat and drink not only on the Apple Isle, but also across Australia and France, for their website Food Tourist. It is also from here that they import some of the most delicious natural wine produced in France for their Living Wines business. We had a fantastic chat about a number of topics on this episode of The Vincast.

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Let’s Taste – My Granny’s Cellar!!

Last September my amazing Grandmother passed away at the incredible age of 89 (vintage 1927). As my family went through the emotional process of organising and cleaning her house of 40 years, I discovered a number of bottles of wine in the cupboard under the stairs. With permission from my family I opened some of these bottles on this video, and the results were quite surprising.

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February 8, 2016 · 10:28 am

Tasmania Unbottled Sommeliers Australia Masterclass

A number of producers from around the Apple Isle were in town to promote the wines of Tasmania, and in conjunction with Sommeliers Australia a masterclass was hosted to show wines that weren’t made from chardonnay or pinot noir (including sparkling wines). The masterclass was hosted by Dan Sims, Tasmanian-based eccentric wine communicator Winsor Dobbin, Nick Glaetzer from Glaetzer-Dixon, and Rebecca DUffy from Holm Oak.

Moorilla Muse Riesling 2011
Blossomy sherbet lime and quince. Fresh but focused, not fruity fat or sweet. Quite textured lean earthy savoury.

Dalrymple Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Tight bright lean green papaya guava fig. Generous body and fruit, round but not sharp. Fresh and vibrant with just a touch of herbaceous notes.

Bay of Fires Pinot Gris 2012
Deeper riper floral notes. Fairly rich in texture but not long, fat and friendly but not ideal.

Bream Creek Schonburger 2011
Very musky floral aromatic but a tad hollow. Easy drinking but lacking something.

Holm Oak Arneis 2012
More mineral salty lemon pith. Dense body and nice balance between fruit freshness and savoury texture.

Glaetzer-Dixon Mon Pere Shiraz 2008
Spicy small berry restraint, slightly meaty. Suitably soft and juicy without weight or oak, pure fresh cherries.

Grey Sands Merlot 2007
Nice and tight, slightly smoky, stalky black olive. Forward warm and tannic, not flabby but focused, nice compact focused.

Petit ‘a’ Domaine A 2008
Spicy dusty red earth red currants. Persistent velvety firm tannin structure, very fine and focused balance.

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