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Stargazer Riesling 2018

Stargazer Riesling2018

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Crammed with vibrant green apple and citrus yuzu notes including jasmine and pickled ginger aromatics. Bright acidity and talcy texture are balanced with a gentle fruit sweetness and zesty finish.

Why we love it: 

Tassie Riesling is so so good.

Drink with: 

Tasmanian abalone.

Tech

Country
Region
Sub-Region
Tasmania
Vintage
2018
Blend Info.
100% Riesling
Alcohol by Vol.
11%
Bottle Vol.
750ml
Cellaring
Now - 2025
Serving Temp.
7 - 12°C
Closure
Screw Cap

Producer

Stargazer

Stargazer is ‘a tribute to Abel Tasman’ by winemaker Samantha (Sam) Connew, a New Zealander who now calls Tasmania home. Born on NZ’s South Island, Sam studied Law/Arts with majors in Political Science and English Literature, before turning her attention to wine, completing a postgraduate diploma in Oenology and Viticulture at Lincoln University in Canterbury. Sam began at ‘Wirra Wirra winery’ in McLaren Vale in 1999, working alongside Ben Riggs, becoming senior winemaker in 2001. After completing the ‘Advanced Wine Assessment Course’ at the Australian Wine Research Institute, Sam was chosen as a scholar for the ‘2002 Len Evans Tutorial’ (a rigorous five days of blind tastings). In 2007 Sam was named ‘International Red Winemaker of the Year’ at the ‘International Wine Challenge’ in London. In 2009, she finished at ‘Wirra Wirra’ and moved on to ‘Tower Estate’ in the Hunter Valley. Despite saying that she would never have started her own wine label, she did just that! In 2012, she established ‘Stargazer’ in the Tea Tree sub-region of Coal River Valley, just north of Hobart. The climate makes it one of Australia’s coldest wine regions, though with less rainfall than might be expected, reducing the likelihood of disease issues (such as mildew). The vineyard, planted in 2004, grows Riesling and Pinot Noir, and in 2017 grew Chardonnay.

The Riesling shows a colour of pale straw with green tinges, orange rind, musk and ginger on the nose, and a generous mouthfeel with ‘talcy’ acidity. The oaked Chardonnay shows lemon zest, gunflint and hazelnut on the nose, with lemon curd on the palate, and a ‘sleek and streamlined’ mouthfeel. The Pinot Noir is the star of the line-up, having a bright ruby colour, cherry and rose aromas, and pomegranate, berry coulis on the palate, which will further develop in bottle if cellared for up to five years.

For more information on Stargazer and Samantha’s wines, head to the website.

Region

Tasmania

Tasmania is an island lying to the south of the Australian mainland at 42 degrees. Being an island, the Australian state experiences a maritime weather environment, and many of the vineyards have to put up wind blocks to shelter the vines. Although Tasmania’s wine output only accounts for 1% of national wine production, it more than makes up for it in quality, with the state’s wines accounting for around 10% of Australia’s premium wine segment.

The area primarily grows Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc, with some smaller plantings of Riesling, Pinot Gris and Cabernet Sauvignon. As global warming slowly roasts the planet, the prospect of increasing the production of red wine using Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz is being explored.

The lower slopes of Tasmania enjoy a rich soil profile and are a mix of ancient sandstone/mudstones and newer river sediments/igneous volcanic rocks. The combination of soil profile and cool climate results in Tasmania being a fantastic region for the production of sparkling wines. Frequently being compared to Champagne, it’s widely agreed that Tasmania’s sparkling wines go head to head with its French competitor. In fact, one producer has even made the tongue and cheek move of dubbing their wine Methode Tasmanoise.