Bruny Island Premium Wineswww.brunyislandwine.com
4391 Main Rd, Lunawanna, Bruny Island, 7150
Cellar Door: Most days (11-4); but ring to check
Ph: (03) 6293 1088
Bruny Island has Australia's most southerly winery - if it was any further south it would be swimming in the Southern Ocean.
It is located at Lunawanna on the proctected coast of the spectacular South Bruny Island.
The 1.4 ha vineyard dedicated to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir was established in 1998 on the Wayaree Estate Property by oil rigger, Richard Wooley, his wife Bernice and Bernice's orchardist father, John Dillon. Neil Snare (Winstead) acts as the wine-making consultant.
The first vintages were small enough to be drunk by family and friends. The 2005 vintage was the first commercial release and a cellar door has been constructed a few km from the popular tourism town at Adventure Bay that swells to a population of 5,000 during the summer.
The beautiful labels feature the artwork of Bernice's late mother.
There are three types of Tasting notes:
(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)
(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer
(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)
Bruny Island Pinot Noir 2006
Purchased: Bruny Island Charters Cafe, Adventure Bay, Tas ($32)
(GXY) Tasting:Dec 2009, brightly flavoured and briary showing black cherry and dark plum with dried thyme and lots of toasty brown spices, silky with forest floor complexity, a nice cut of stemmy acids and excellent length (****)
Bruny Island Unwooded Chardonnay 2006
Purchased: Bruny Island Charters Cafe, Adventure Bay, Tas ($26)
(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2008, vibrant and tangy white peach and melon, crisp but smooth with attractive lees aspects, zesty backbone of stonefruit and lemon acids, excellent length and intensity reflecting its cold location (****)