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Exceptional wines from Wobbly Boot in Tasmania, and they're vegan friendly too.

Exceptional wines from Wobbly Boot in Tasmania, and they're vegan friendly too.

Wobbly Boot Vineyard's 2015 Limited Release Pinot Noir
White Kangaroo Rivulet at Wobbly Boot Vineyard
Wobbly Boot Vineyard's 2016 Limited Release Sauvignon Blanc

 

Wobbly Boot is a family-owned and run boutique vineyard in the Coal River Valley in south eastern Tasmania producing  exceptional cool climate pinot noir and sauvignon blanc with minimal intervention.

The name comes from the unusual boot shape outline of the property and the vineyard sits alongside White Kangaroo Rivulet. It's a peaceful setting for the Williams family - Lynda, Paul and Isaac - who have owned the property since 2014. They say that as soon as they tasted the wine they had to buy the property!

Just two wines receive all their love and attention, sauvignon blanc and pinot noir and these are also vegan-friendly, with no animal products used in the winemaking process. Here's tasting notes for the latest releases:

 

Wobbly Boot 2016 Limited Release Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaking notes: this vintage was characterised by a very long dry spell with higher daytime and overnight temperatures. It was a much higher yield than previous years but as always fruit quality was exceptional. Leaf plucking and minimal shoot thinning was done on both eastern and western sides of the rows two weeks prior to harvest in order to gain more uniform ripening.

After hand picking, the grapes were pressed then settled overnight before racking the clear juice. It was then yeasted and fermented at 16oC for two weeks. Left on lees until bottling. No animal products used in processing.

Tasting notes: this wine has vibrant citrus and floral notes before intense honey dew melon, ripe gooseberry and a long refreshing finish. This zesty full bodied wine may be consumed young but will continue to develop with careful cellaring.

Food: matches well with cheese, seafood, Asian dishes and with great company!

Winemaker: Alain Rousseau

Alc/vol: 13.5%

RRP: A$30.00 per bottle (direct)

 

Wobbly Boot 2015 Limited Release Pinot Noir

Winemaking notes:  a cool flowering period was a concern. However a good fruit set was managed which led to uniform and even bunches. Warmer days over summer meant the fruit was ready to be picked two weeks early. Approximately 5% of the pinot was lost to wasps and possums.

Grapes were handpicked, crushed then yeasted a day later. Hand plunged twice a day until sugar dryness. Pressed and sent into barrels for malolactic fermentation. Wine stays on lees all winter before being racked and sent into barrels until bottling in February 2016. No animal products used in processing.

Tasting notes: the 2015 vintage is nicely concentrated, with attractive Burgundian touches of wood and spice. The overall mouth feel is elegant and generous, with soft balancing tannins and hints of black cherry and blueberry. Persistent finish. Drinking well now, it will further improve with 3 to 7 years cellaring.

Food: a great food wine, especially with salmon, duck and Italian food. 

Winemaker: Alain Rousseau

Alc/vol: 13.9%

RRP: A$36.00 per bottle (direct)

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