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Winemaker, Clare Halloran, talks to RACV Club Sommelier, Christian Maier

Winemaker, Clare Halloran, talks to RACV Club Sommelier, Christian Maier, about the character of each TarraWarra Estate vintage. The sommelier's art is to use his extensive wine knowledge and skill to interpret which individual wine varietal and vintage will complement each component of a menu.


TarraWarra Estate's kitchen garden gets a makeover

Gino Pompeo is the green thumb who looks after our blossoming kitchen garden.  He loves the peace and quiet of the valley and has planted nearly 50-varieties of vegetables herbs and fruit, all to be used by chef Troy Spencer and his team in the Tarrawarra Restaurant.  Gino lives locally and loves spending his day tending the fruit of the earth.  The shallots and lettuce, broccoli, rhubarb and spinach are picked daily alongside an abundance of herbs to flavour a dish. The freshest of ingredients from garden to kitchen to plate for the enjoyment of our diners. Just like our wine, made from grapes grown on site.


2014 Reserve Chardonnay and Pinot Noir released

We are pleased to release our Reserve Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the 2014 harvest. 

Poor weather during flowering meant the 2014 season was very low yielding.  The average bunch weight for Pinot Noir was 55g. and 68g. for Chardonnay.  Yields averaged 5.5 and 3.3 tonnes/hectare respectively.

The season however was fine and relatively warm, cool nights during ripening gave fruit with naturally high acidity harvested between the 13th to the 28th of February.  The Chardonnay is from B and D blocks, both planted in 1983, and is a blend of P58 and Mendoza clones.  The Pinot Noir is a combination of MV6 and D5V12 from H and I blocks, planted in 1983 and 1989 respectively. 

The wines made are a reflection of our vineyards and season.

The higher acidity and cooler nights have yielded wines that are elegant, tightly wound, and will last in bottle for many years. 

The wines are made without additions, and fermented naturally.  The Chardonnay is 100% barrel ferment, with no malolactic fermentation, while the Pinot Noir is made according to the season.  With the warmth of 2014, ferments were pumped over twice per day, and maturation was in a combination of puncheons and barriques.  Once fermentation is complete, the wines are not racked, they are sulphured in situ and left to develop in barrel.


Shane Crawford from Postcards, Channel 9 visits TarraWarra Estate

In case you missed it.  Here is the Postcards channel 9 feature of our wonderful restaurant and wine at Tarrawarra Estate. We love it too.

"TarraWarra Estate is a destination where great food, wine and art all collide.  Known for its outstanding pinot noir and chardonnay, enjoy a glass of vino on their new sunny deck with a leisurely lunch, or head indoors to experience their more lavish menu curated around the season and produce grown on site..."

http://www.visitvictoria.com/Postcards-home/Episode-2-14-February


RMWA Trophy win for Reserve Chardonnay, Wines of Provenance

At the recent 2015 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards (RMWA), TarraWarra Estate was awarded the Victorian Trophy for White Wines of Provenance for our 2014, 2008 and 2004 Reserve Chardonnay.

In its second year, this trophy is awarded to the best Victorian white wine produced over a minimum of 10 years by a veteran winemaker. Three vintages of the same white wine label were assessed by a judging panel for consistency and excellence of style. The judging panel consisted of leading wine experts, including local winemakers and industry legend James Halliday.

This is excellent recognition for the pedigree of the Reserve Chardonnay style, perpetuated by Clare Halloran and her team over the years (plus extra kudos, as we don’t often exhibit our wines in Australian wine shows amongst other Victorian wines of equal legacy).

The 2014 Reserve Chardonnay is due to be released early next year and has characteristic smaller production volumes of this vintage. Some Cellar Release stock of the 2008 Reserve Chardonnay is available, but sadly commercial quantity of 2004 Reserve Chardonnay no longer remains.


 

Latest News

Winemaker, Clare Halloran, talks to RACV Club Sommelier, Christian Maier

Winemaker, Clare Halloran, talks to RACV Club Sommelier, Christian Maier, about the character of each TarraWarra Estate vintage. The sommelier's art is to use his extensive wine knowledge and skill to interpret which individual wine varietal and vintage will complement each component of a menu.


TarraWarra Estate's kitchen garden gets a makeover

Gino Pompeo is the green thumb who looks after our blossoming kitchen garden.  He loves the peace and quiet of the valley and has planted nearly 50-varieties of vegetables herbs and fruit, all to be used by chef Troy Spencer and his team in the Tarrawarra Restaurant.  Gino lives locally and loves spending his day tending the fruit of the earth.  The shallots and lettuce, broccoli, rhubarb and spinach are picked daily alongside an abundance of herbs to flavour a dish. The freshest of ingredients from garden to kitchen to plate for the enjoyment of our diners. Just like our wine, made from grapes grown on site.


2014 Reserve Chardonnay and Pinot Noir released

We are pleased to release our Reserve Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the 2014 harvest. 

Poor weather during flowering meant the 2014 season was very low yielding.  The average bunch weight for Pinot Noir was 55g. and 68g. for Chardonnay.  Yields averaged 5.5 and 3.3 tonnes/hectare respectively.

The season however was fine and relatively warm, cool nights during ripening gave fruit with naturally high acidity harvested between the 13th to the 28th of February.  The Chardonnay is from B and D blocks, both planted in 1983, and is a blend of P58 and Mendoza clones.  The Pinot Noir is a combination of MV6 and D5V12 from H and I blocks, planted in 1983 and 1989 respectively. 

The wines made are a reflection of our vineyards and season.

The higher acidity and cooler nights have yielded wines that are elegant, tightly wound, and will last in bottle for many years. 

The wines are made without additions, and fermented naturally.  The Chardonnay is 100% barrel ferment, with no malolactic fermentation, while the Pinot Noir is made according to the season.  With the warmth of 2014, ferments were pumped over twice per day, and maturation was in a combination of puncheons and barriques.  Once fermentation is complete, the wines are not racked, they are sulphured in situ and left to develop in barrel.


Shane Crawford from Postcards, Channel 9 visits TarraWarra Estate

In case you missed it.  Here is the Postcards channel 9 feature of our wonderful restaurant and wine at Tarrawarra Estate. We love it too.

"TarraWarra Estate is a destination where great food, wine and art all collide.  Known for its outstanding pinot noir and chardonnay, enjoy a glass of vino on their new sunny deck with a leisurely lunch, or head indoors to experience their more lavish menu curated around the season and produce grown on site..."

http://www.visitvictoria.com/Postcards-home/Episode-2-14-February


RMWA Trophy win for Reserve Chardonnay, Wines of Provenance

At the recent 2015 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards (RMWA), TarraWarra Estate was awarded the Victorian Trophy for White Wines of Provenance for our 2014, 2008 and 2004 Reserve Chardonnay.

In its second year, this trophy is awarded to the best Victorian white wine produced over a minimum of 10 years by a veteran winemaker. Three vintages of the same white wine label were assessed by a judging panel for consistency and excellence of style. The judging panel consisted of leading wine experts, including local winemakers and industry legend James Halliday.

This is excellent recognition for the pedigree of the Reserve Chardonnay style, perpetuated by Clare Halloran and her team over the years (plus extra kudos, as we don’t often exhibit our wines in Australian wine shows amongst other Victorian wines of equal legacy).

The 2014 Reserve Chardonnay is due to be released early next year and has characteristic smaller production volumes of this vintage. Some Cellar Release stock of the 2008 Reserve Chardonnay is available, but sadly commercial quantity of 2004 Reserve Chardonnay no longer remains.