Tasting notes: Ghost Rock (Tas) 2013

From the central north coast of Tasmania

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Ghost Rock Winery range

Ghost Rock Winery range

Ghost Rock Winery range
Ghost Rock Vineyard and Cellar door
Ghost Rock Winery 'Two Blocks' 2012 Pinot Noir
Ghost Rock Winery range


Ghost Rock is on on Tasmania's central north coast, about an hour from Launceston and just 10 minutes from Devonport. The architecturally designed winery and cellar door is perched on a hill with sweeping views to the sparkling waters of Bass Strait.

The original vineyard was planted in 1989 and was one of the first in this part of the state, In 2001 by Cate and Colin Arnold established the Ghost Rock label and they were soon winning awards for their wine, followed by more awards for their cellar door experience (the most recent being the 2013 Tasmanian Tourism award for best winery, brewery or distillery).

The north and north west coasts of Tasmania are renowned for their deep, rich soils over rolling hills and these combine with the coastal climate to produce cool climate wines with their own unique character.


The core range of wines is:

Catherine Sparkling

Made in the “methode champenoise” style, the classic champagne varieties of pinot noir and chardonnay are in equal proportions. Bright and vibrant in appearance this wine has spent five years on yeast lees, before being disgorged and expedition liquor with 4.6 grams of residual sugar added. Hints of apple and brioche aromas are enhanced by the creamy complexity and yeast richness on the palate.

This premium sparkling shows lively fruit characters and an elegant crisp fresh finish.

Voted in the Top 5 Sparkling Wines of Australasia by Winestate Magazine.

Alc/vol: 12.5%

RRP: A$52.00 bottle


Ghost Rock Sauvignon Blanc

Estate grown from 2 sections of the vineyard. Fruit is whole bunch pressed and fermented naturally. Pale straw with a touch of green in colour, with luscious floral and fruit aromas.

This is the signature wine! Gooseberry, asparagus and fresh cut grass aromas excite the senses. On the palate hints of passionfruit, grapefruit and gooseberry. Fresh and lively tropical notes balance with a soft acid structure and a clean fresh finish. Terrific drinking now and will develop some complexity over the next 2 years.

Food match: natural seafood dishes, salad, soft cheese, light chicken and vegetarian dishes.

Alc/vol: 12%

RRP: A$29.00 bottle


 Oulton Estate Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the most widely grown white grape variety in Australia. Ghost Rock Chardonnay is a crisp, fresh, clean and lively wine, displaying soft floral aromas with hints of white peach. On the palate is abundant fresh citrus fruit, melon and nectarine followed by a crisp clean finish. The juice was lees stirred for added complexity.

A true cool climate chardonnay this fresh, zesty wine exhibits up front fruit flavours. Delicate but mouth filling, with balanced acidity lending length.

Food match: seafood and chicken dishes as well as brie and camembert.

Alc/vol: 12%

RRP: A$30.00 bottle


Ol Man's Ghost Pinot Gris

The growing season was favourable, with good rainfall and moderate temperatures. This enabled slower ripening and good flavour accumulation in the fruit. Made in the French style, this wine displays true varietal character. Light straw in colour, with luscious pear and floral aromas. Pear flavours fuse with stone fruit characters and restrained acidity. Hand picked, bunch pressed, with free run juice to tank.

An easy drinking style of wine.

Food match: complements shellfish, fetta, subtle tomato and vegetable based pastas, pork and salad.

Alc/vol: 13.5%

RRP: A$30.00 bottle


Ghost Rock Riesling

Once fruit reached an optimal flavour profile it was harvested in excellent conditions and gently pressed to retain varietal character and freshness. Fermentation was in stainless steel.

A true cool climate Riesling, this wine displays citrus and lime flavours, subtle rose petal aromas, balanced by crisp acidity on the long and lingering finish.

Food match: seafood and Asian cuisine.

Alc/vol: 12.3%

RRP: A$37.00 bottle


The Pinots

The Pinots is an unique blend created by Colin and Cate Arnold. A mild summer with a long ripening period and lower yield resulted in good natural acidity and some varietal flavours that lift the fruit characters and gives freshness to the finish.

This “Rosé” blend of 80% pinot gris and 20% pinot noir shows subtle aromas of ripe nectarines and wild raspberry. The palate is generous with lingering flavours and a fresh finish, showing softness, balance and texture.

Food match: Atlantic salmon or ocean trout.

Alc/vol: 12.3%

RRP: A$29.00 bottle 

Pinot Rosé

This parcel of fruit was selected for it’s flavour profile and the grapes were hand picked at the desired sugar level.  Fruit is gently pressed for flavour and to lower the acidity in the juice. Once fermentation is completed, the wine is stirred for 5 months, then settled for bottling.

The colour of rosewater this wine has a lifted nose of raspberry, strawberry and quince which moves delicately to a palate of spice, berry softness and balanced acidity.

Food match: quail, chicken salad or richer flavoured fish such as tuna or Atlantic salmon dishes.

Alc/vol: 13%

RRP: A$22.00 bottle


2010 Two Blocks Estate Pinot Noir

The fruit for this wine was sourced from both the Clairdown and Oulton vineyard blocks (hence the name) and introduces two new varietal clones.

Cherry red in colour this wine displays youthful complexity on both the nose and palate. With savoury strawberry and wild berry aromas and a light to medium palate of subtle spiced fruit characters. Nicely textured and well handled tannins.

Food match: best accompaniment is duck but for something a little different try quail, lamb or a delicate venison dish. Richer foods can accomany this pinot as it continues to age.

Alc/vol: 13.5%

RRP: A$39.00 bottle


2010 Clairdon Estate Pinot Noir

The pinot noir site is carefully managed to preserve the aromatics that make pinot noir a great wine and we are extremely careful in the way we extract colour flavour from our skins.

Cherry red in colour with purple tinges, this wine is a fruit-driven style, displaying cherry and raspberry fruits. With a soft palate and fine, silky tannins, this delicious cool climate pinot noir is a must for your cellar.

Food match: usually paired with duck or game meats but also good with ocean trout or pan roasted blue eye.

Alc/vol: 13%

RRP: A$39.00 bottle


  • North West Tas (TAS)

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