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Sunday 19 August 2018

Coldstream Hills launches a Tasmanian range

Coldstream Hills is one of the shining lights in the Yarra Valley, with winemaker Andrew Fleming (below) producing wines of purity and personality.

The brand was established in 1985 by James and Suzanne Halliday and has since become one of Australia's leading and most awarded small wineries under the ownership of Treasury Wine Estates.

Surprisingly, Coldstream Hills has just launched a new range of very good two Tasmanian wines; a pinot gris and a pinot noir, with minimal fanfare.

Or perhaps not so surprisingly given a historical connection to Tasmania, with both James Halliday’s championing of the region and the decision to previously source from the region for the one-off and award-winning 2011 Roslyn Vineyard Pinot Noir.

Also, Coldstream Hills has access to some excellent Tasmanian fruit through its parent company, some of which might have been used in Heemskerk and Abel's Tempest wines.

Hence, we welcome the Coldstream Hills 2017 Tasmania Pinot Noir and Coldstream Hills 2017 Tasmania Pinot Gris, available through the winery website and at Dan Murphy's and BWS stores.

The pinot gris, fresh and texturally pleasing, was sourced from fruit grown on the White Hills Vineyard in northern Tasmania, part of this wine was fermented in tank and part in seasoned French barriques. The two components were then blended and bottled.

The pinot noir, driven by dark cherry characters, was made from fruit sourced from both the southern and northern regions of Tasmania. With some whole bunch use to lift structure, the wine was matured in seasoned and new French oak.

The inaugural releases are both impressive and available online for $129.50 for a six-pack. That's formidable value.

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