Tasmania is an Australian island situated one hour's flight south of Melbourne. The island is almost as large as Ireland. The climate on the island is pleasant without too extreme variations. This means that the grapes are given a slow maturation process that contributes to natural high acidity together with crispy flavors. Although Tasmania accounts for only 0.2% of Australia's total wine production, the region will show its presence on the global wine scene in the future.
The tested wine is produced by Josef Chromy wines. The founder was born in the Czech Republic and emigrated to Australia in 1950. www.josefchromy.com.au
The aroma is full of minerals and is perceived as you smell a handful of gravel. Along with distinct mineral character you also get delicate shades of citrus, pear, apple and pineapple.
The palate is mineral-fueled and is ideal when you long for a dry crispy Riesling wine. You will also experience delicious flavor nuances of green apple, peach, herbs and lime.
I was really happy and positively surprised to have tried this excellent fingerprint wine from an area almost as far away as it can be, on the other side of the globe.
When New Zealand wines are so in vogue, wines from Tasmania deserves more attention. Soil and microclimate seems to be perfect for both Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (just like South African wine region Elgin Valley). So now it is just to continue to explore what the wine industry in Tasmania has to offer (although Swedish Systembolaget range of wines from Tasmania is very limited).
And now over to another successful Aussie export.