Dunalley Waterfront Cafe and Gallery
4 Imlay Street
Planted in 1973 on Tasmania’s east coast, Bream Creek is one of the state’s oldest vineyards. The original 5 hectares consisted mainly of Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon, with smaller plantings of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer.
After purchasing the property in August 1990, Fred’s priority was to increase Pinot Noir plantings and introduce Sauvignon Blanc and Schonburger (the first commercial plantings in the Southern Hemisphere of this rare German varietal). With his dedication and passion, this pristine vineyard is now a 7.5 hectare showcase of grape varieties ideally suited to the cool maritime climate of East coast Tasmania.
It is clear that Tasmania is the leading Australian area for the production of high quality sparkling wines. The best wines are made in the traditional French bottle ferment method (the same as used in Champagne), with such wines benefiting from extended bottle age to permit further complexity to develop.
Our Cuvée Traditionelle is made in this “méthode champenoise” style. Currently made from a blend of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay (two of the ‘Noble’ grape varieties), this wine spends at least four years – and often up to five years – on its lees to develop the traditional and sought-after creamy and biscuity complexity. Previous vintages of this wine have been highly scored by Australia’s premier wine critics, as well as winning trophies and gold medals in national wine shows.
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