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Bream Creek Vineyard, East Coast, Tasmania

Bream Creek Vineyard, East Coast, Tasmania [©Tourism Tasmania]

Bream Creek pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and riesling
Bream Creek Cuvée Traditionelle, Mosaic, Late Picked Schönburger and Schönburger
Bream Creek pinot noir, pinot rose and cabernet merlot

 

Bream Creek Vineyard, on the Tasman Peninsula in south east Tasmania, is one of the state's oldest commercial vineyards, being planted in 1973. The vines overlook Marion Bay and the place where Abel Tasman first came ashore in 1642 to collect water and plant the Dutch flag.

With its cool maritime climate and Fred Peacock's viticultural expertise, Bream Creek has developed into one of the state's premium wine producers.

It has won over 20 trophies and over 420 show medals since Fred took ownership in 1990. At that time he expanded the pinot noir and chardonnary plantings, as well as introducing sauvignon blanc. He also planted what was arguably the first commercial planting of the rare German grape Schönburger in the southern hemisphere.

Here's a small taste of Bream Creek's range:

 

2009 Bream Creek Cuvée Traditionelle (Sparkling)

Tasmania's growing reputation as the sparkling capital of Australia (perhaps even the southern hemisphere) is fully justified and brilliantly demonstrated by a number of wonderful wines from around the state. This wine is, Bream Creek believes, one of them and shows to advantage the excellent but low cropping 2009 vintage in Tasmania.

It was aged for over four years on lees and produced in the traditional Champenoise method from pinot noir and chardonnay grapes.

The bouquet shows bright green apples, strawberry and shortbread, while the palate reveals flavours of citrus fruits, Nashi pear and poached white peach.

Food matching: with a delicate mousse and beautifully balanced by a fine line of acidity, this wine can be enjoyed on its own as an aperitif – but would also pair perfectly with oysters or a lovely French style fruit tart.

Alcohol: 12.5%

RRP: $29.00 bottle

 

2014 Bream Creek "Mosaic" (frizzante sparkling)

More rain than usual and a cold snap in November and December meant that flowering was disrupted, hence yields for vintage 2014 were significantly down across all southern Australian states. However, these lower yields meant that the fruit from that vintage was of excellent quality, with perfect balance between flavour and physiological ripeness.

In what may be a "world first," Bream Creek combined their (nearly) Australian exclusive Schönburger variety with the aromatic German grape Gewürztraminer to create a frizzante (lightly sparkling) rosé in the style of the Moscato D'Asti wines of north west Italy.

It is exuberant, fun and slightly bubbly, with aromas of apricot, orange water and rose petals bouncing out of the glass. Deliberately less "fizzy" than other sparkling wines, it is soft and gently sweet on the palate, with flavours of yellow peach, yellow plum and a touch of spice, yet finishes clean.

Leave contemporary until tomorrow, put Dame Nellie on the stereogram, dish yourself up a generous helping of Peach Melba and let summer flow over you!

Alcohol: 7.8%

RRP: $25.00 botle

 

2014 Bream Creek Riesling

More rain than usual and a cold snap in November and December meant that flowering was disrupted, hence yields for vintage 2014 were significantly down across all southern Australian states. However, these lower yields meant that the fruit from that vintage was of excellent quality, with perfect balance between flavour and physiological ripeness.

Made from vines over 40 years old, this wine has a rich nose, showing Bickfords lime cordial, French citron tart, spice and floral notes. The palate reveals vibrant lime, lemon and grapefruit balanced against taut and lively Tasmanian acidity, resulting in a wine with excellent length and a crisp, refreshing finish.

It is perfectly suited to fresh Tasmanian seafood and spicy Asian cuisine.

Awards

  • 94 points 2016 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion
  • 94 points Wine Showcase Magazine (March 2015)

Alc/Vol 12.3%

RRP: A$25.00 bottle

 

2011 Bream Creek Chardonnay

On the mainland, vintage 2011 will go down as one of the worst vintages in living memory. However, once again Tasmania proved its resilience and cool climate advantage, as this wine illustrates.

A vibrant golden colour in the glass, an initial swirl revels aromas of stone fruit, cashew nuts and shades of spicy oak. The palate is tightly structured, flavours of white nectarine and grapefruit supported by a fine line of acidity.

The final touch – the judicious use of well integrated French oak - has resulted in an elegant and complex wine with a refreshing finish.

Awards:

  • 94 points Wine Showcase Magazine (October 2014)
  • Silver medal Class 14, 2015 Tasmanian Wine Show

Food matching: this wine is a great accompaniment for rich foods, such as pasta with a cream based sauce.

Alcohol: 12.4%

RRP: $28.00 bottle

 

2013 Bream Creek Pinot Grigio

Vintage 2013 was a dream vintage in many ways – great flowering, relatively dry weather with low disease pressure and a warmer than average summer, which provided the warmth and length in the season to fully mature the grapes.

This wine offers the best of both worlds, showing pear and pineapple flavours typical of pinot grigio and the textural elements, including spice and herb notes, characteristic of Alsatian pinot gris.

Food matching:  include spicy Indian and Thai foods, especially those with a touch of sweetness (for example salmon with nam phrik num dressing.

Alcohol: 13.6%

RRP: $25.00 bottle

 

2014 Bream Creek Sauvignon Blanc

More rain than usual and a cold snap in November and December meant that flowering was disrupted, hence yields for vintage 2014 were significantly down across all southern Australian states. However, these lower yields meant that the fruit from that vintage was of excellent quality, with perfect balance between flavour and physiological ripeness

A sauvignon blanc in the traditional Bream Creek style with aromas of lime, crushed blackcurrant leaf and hints of pineapple and passionfruit. It has a rich mouth feel and a full flavoured palate showing citrus fruits and a touch of herbs.

Awards: 91 points Wine Showcase Magazine (March 2015)

Food matching: with an excellent balance between fruit intensity and structure, this wine is equally ideal with aperitifs, seafood or richly flavoured dishes.

Alcohol: 12.8%

RRP: $25.00 bottle

 

2014 Bream Creek Pinot Rosé

More rain than usual and a cold snap in November and December meant that flowering was disrupted, hence yields for vintage 2014 were significantly down across all southern Australian states. However, these lower yields meant that the fruit from that vintage was of excellent quality, with perfect balance between flavour and physiological ripeness.

An easy drinking style of wine with aromas of liqueur strawberries and dried Mediterranean herbs. The palate is rich, with strawberries and young red cherry fruit characters, excellent texture and a clean refreshing finish.

Food matching: deliberately produced in a drier style to better accompany a range of fine foods, it is best served slightly chilled and is ideal for informal summer entertaining. Forget the tea – rosé and scones could be the new summer fashion!

Alcohol: 13.5%

RRP: $25.00 bottle

 

2012 Bream Creek Cabernet Merlot

Vintage 2012 will be remembered, on the whole, as an extraordinary vintage in Tasmania. Growing conditions were simply perfect and produced wines of outstanding intensity, depth and length.

This Cabernet Merlot has all the hallmarks of a wonderful wine with many years in front of it. The nose shows cassis, hints of fresh raspberry, textbook
pencil shavings and dark earth while the palate is vibrant with black currants, dark plums and chocolate matched with smooth, drying tannins.

We suggest decanting this wine prior to drinking, as well as serving it at room temperature. Then, large glass in hand, enjoy it with an aged cheddar, a high cocoa chocolate or veal osso bucco.

Awards:

  • Four stars Winestate Magazine (July/August 2015)
  • 90 points Wine Showcase Magazine July 2015

Alc/Vol 13.9%

RRP: $30.00 botle

 

2011 Bream Creek Pinot Noir

On the mainland, vintage 2011 will go down as one of the worst vintages in living memory. However, once again Tasmania proved its resilience and cool climate advantage, as this wine illustrates.

An elegant wine with a classic bouquet of bright cherry fruit and delicate perfumes of violets and a medley of other flowers. The palate has excellent line and length, initially showing the traditional cherry fruit for which Pinot Noir is known, flowing into darker fruits such as boysenberry with hints of forest floor.

Awards:

  • Silver medal Class 36, 2014 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
  • Silver medal Class 21, 2015 Tasmanian Wine Show
  • 93 points Wine Showcase Magazine (July 2014)
  • 92 points Nick Stock (www.JamesSuckling.com)

Food matching: well supported by a net of fine tannin, this wine is best enjoyed at room temperature and would partner a wide range of fine cuisine, especially duck.

Alcohol: 13.9%

RRP: $34.00 bottle

 

2013 Bream Creek Late Picked Schönburger

Vintage 2013 was a dream vintage in many ways – great flowering, relatively dry weather with low disease pressure and a warmer than average summer, which provided the warmth and length in the season to fully mature the grapes.

This dessert style wine has delicate aromas of apricots, honey and hints of Turkish Delight and baking spices. The palate is smooth and elegant, with characters of citrus, yellow peaches and apricots.

Awards:

  • Silver medal Class 17, 2015 Tasmanian Wine Show
  • 93 points, Wine Showcase Magazine (March 2015)

Food matching: well balanced, rich and flavoursome, but with a clean refreshing finish, this wine is very well matched with soft cheeses and decadent desserts.

Alcohol: 9.0%

RRP: $26.00 375ml bottle

 

2012 Bream Creek Riesling

Vintage 2012 will be remembered, on the whole, as an extrodinary vintage in Tasmania. Growing conditions were simply perfect and produced wines of outstanding intensity, depth and length.

Made from vines over 40 years old, this wine has a rich nose, showing rich lime juice and lime curd aromas. The palate reveals taut and lively acidity perfectly balanced against the generous lime fruit for which Tasmanian Rieslings are known.

Awards:

  • 96 points James Halliday, 2015 Wine Companion
  • 95 points Huon Hooke
  • 95 points Wine Showcase Magazine (July 2014)
  • Gold Medal Class 6, 2015 Tasmanian Wine Show
  • Blue Gold Medal and Top 100 Wine,  2014 Sydney International Wine Show
  • Gold Medal Class 3, 2015 Sydney Royal Wine Show
  • Gold Medal Class 5, 2014 Tasmanian Wine Show

Food matching: with excellent length this wine would be perfectly suited to Asian food or seafood, such as East Coast crayfish and aioli.

Alcohol: 11.8%

RRP: $25.00 bottle - sorry sold out

 

2011 Bream Creek Cabernet Merlot

On the mainland, vintage 2011 will go down as one of the worst vintages in living memory. However, once again Tasmania proved its resilience and cool climate advantage over the big island, as this release illustrates.

Dense and opaque but still bright in the glass, the nose is full of the aromas of blackcurrant, dates, tobacco and oregano while remaining refined and elegant. Very fine acidity offers line and length on the palate. Work the wine in the mouth and complex, firm tannins are revealed, hiding just under the surface.

Food matching: this is a perfectly balanced wine in its youth, structured for the long term. If you can't wait that long, then a big rare steak will bring it into line beautifully.

Alcohol: 13.4%

RRP: $29.00 bottle - sorry sold out.

 

Contact Bream Creek Vineyard here »

Regions

  • East Coast and Tasman Peninsula (TAS)

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