Another great Tasmanian wine success story. A Tasmanian Riesling has taken on the best and won. When you travel to Tasmania or move to Tasmania you should definitely check out this winery and great Tasmanian wine.

A vine time to beat the world

The award-winning team from Winemaking Tasmania at Cambridge, from left, Julian Alcorso, John Schuts and Greer Carland toast the success of Waterton Vineyards’ riesling. Picture: SAM ROSEWARNE
A RIESLING from a tiny Tasmanian vineyard has beaten wines from around the world to be named top drop.

Waterton Vineyards is owned by a former geophysicist and a geologist who have other “day jobs”.

The Tamar Valley vineyard and the skills of Hobart-based Winemaking Tasmania proved an unbeatable combination at last week’s International Riesling Challenge.

Waterton Vineyards’ Riesling 2009 won best riesling from Tasmania, then best in Australia and best dry riesling, going on to beat the best sweet riesling, a German wine, for best wine of the challenge, held in Canberra.

Peter Cameron and his geologist partner, Dr Jennifer Baird, tend just 1ha of riesling grapes. Mr Cameron said the small size was an asset and the site seemed ideal. “We’ve only a hectare of riesling and this gives us the freedom to look after it well we have pretty good disease control,” he said. “The big vineyards need to produce a consistent wine year in, year out.”

The team of Julian Alcorso, John Schuts and Greer Carland made the wine through the Cambridge-based contract maker Winemaking Tasmania, where Mr Alcorso is chief winemaker.

Mr Alcorso said it was great recognition for the local industry.

“Riesling really is one of the unsung heroes of Tassie, we’ve been making world-class riesling down here for a long time,” he said.

More than 440 wines from 10 countries were tasted.

“It is fantastic to see regions like Tasmania and the Great Southern

[in Western Australia] producing world-class rieslings that can hold their own against some of the top riesling producers in the world,” challenge chairman Ken Helm said.



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