On Friday 28th July past and current students along with Peter Mitchell and myself flew out to Hobart, Tasmania for a long weekend of wines and food.
Our first stop after the airport was Bangor Wine and Oyster Shed.
Freshly shacked local oysters offered both natural and with a variety of sauces. A good choice is the Bangor Wine Tasting Platter, four tasting of various wines and an accompanying platter, great value.
After lunch we continued to Tiger Bay Retreat on the Tasman Peninsula. http://www.tigerbayretreat.com.au
Tiger Bay Retreat consists of two houses, Semaphore House (which was also an old convict hospital) and The Surgeon’s Cottage just across the road but up a hill overlooking the bay below.
Semaphore house was our meeting place to have breakfast and dinners. The Kitchen, dining area reminded me of a similar room at Monet’s house at Giverny, France.
A warming fire in the fire place ran throughout the weekend.
Saturday we had to earn our keep and we assisted with pruning in a newly established vineyard near Saltwater River a few minutes away.
We pruned for a few hours then broke for lunch. After lunch it was back to the vineyard for about an hours work.
We pruned cordon pruning, leaving a single cane on the downward slope of the vineyard.
Dinner that night was a whole roast pig accompanied by a range of Pinot Noir. Divine!
Sunday we headed to Richmond about an hours drive through some pretty spectacular landscapes. We arrived at Pooley Wines for a tutored tasting featuring their 2016 Riesling, best Riesling at the 2016 Royal Melbourne Show ( I think our group bought it all but you could get the 2017). Two single vineyard chardonnays Cooinda Vale and Butcher’s Hill. Four Pinot Noir, the Estate, Cooinda Vale, Butcher’s Hill and Reserve. All wines are of very high quality, but I could not buy then all so I bought a bottle of the Riesling and the Butcher’s Hill Pinot Noir 2016. If I had room in my luggage I would have bought the Cooinda Vale Chardonnay.
After Pooley we headed to Tea Tree Valley in the Coal River region to visit Third Child Vineyard. this vineyard has recently been purchased by a long term student, Mark, who is about to embark on a new adventure. We were able to taste a number of past vintages that show this is a very special vineyard that has produced some special wines. All the best Mark.
Some on the trip stayed longer to either enjoy more time at Tiger Bay retreat, others were staying in Hobart for a few days or just using their last day to visit MONA.
I returned the mini bus (designated driver) and flew back to Melbourne on Monday.
Looking forward to a return visit in 2018.