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Halliday Wine Companion Results


We had a wonderful set of ratings from this years James Halliday Wine Companion.

Read the full results here


Huon Hooke Review


Huon Hookes lates review of our 2015 Late Harvest Riesling

Huin Hooke


James Halliday Review


In the Weekend Australian (30/4/2016) James halliday wrote about the changing face of Derwent Estate Wines.
To read the full article follow the links to DERWENT ESTATE WINES: Bold new steps

He also reviews our

2014 Calcaire Chardonnay - 97 points
2015 Late Harvest Riesling - 97 points and
2014 Pinot Noir - 95 points. Sadly this wine is sold out - we'd suggest you try our 2014 Calcaire Pinot Noir


Tasmanian Wine Show Success


Derwent Estate Calcaire Chardonnay copy2016 Tasmanian Wine Show

Derwent Estate scooped the pool at the 2016 Tasmanian Wine Show held on 15 Jan.
We came away with 3 trophies including (in a Tas Wine Show first) a tie between Derwent Estate and Brown Brothers (made up of their 3 brands Tamar Ridge, Devils Corner and Pirie). Chief judge Huon Hooke described this as a "David and Goliath" story.

Trophy - Most successful exhibitor (shared with Tamar Ridge/Devils Corner/Pirie)
Trophy - Best White Wine (2014 Calcaire Chardonnay)
Trophy - Best Chardonnay (2014 Calcaire Chardonnay)
2 Top gold medals 2014 Calcaire Chardonnay and 2015 Late Harvest Riesling
4 Silver medals
2 Bronze medals


Winery Open Weekend



We are throwing open the doors to our Winery again this year on the14th and 15th November.

Do you want to know how wine is made?
Come and try the full range of our wines and Ebenezer Cider.
Food by "The Wurstwagen"
Local artwork on display and sale.
Kids entertainment
Undercover seating

We will be open 10am-4pm on both days.

For more details call (03) 6263 5802
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CALCAIRE has arrived


Derwent Estate Calcaire Pinot Noir copyDerwent Estate Calcaire Chardonnay copy
Calcaire has arrived. What is Calcaire? Its a project that has been 4 years in the making.

In 2010 we decided we wanted to make the best Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling we possibly could. So we went the whole way. We took extra care at pruning, threw in extra shoot thinning passes, we cut off 30% of the fruit, we leaf plucked to allow extra sunlight pentration, we trimmed any green wings off every bunch at Veraison, careful hand harvesting, hand sorted every bunch to remove anything that wasn't 100% perfect.
The Pinot Noir and Chardonnay matured in French Oak for 15 months before bottling and maturation for 2 years in our naturally climate controlled strawbale warehouse. The Riesling was bottled in Spring of 2011 and has spent 3 years waiting . . .

The result - our Super premium, Icon Calcaire range of Chardonay, Riesling and Pinot Nor from the 2011 Vintage.
The Chardonnay has already excelled - scoring 97pts and winning BEST TASMANIAN CHARDONNAY at the 2013 James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge.
Available now from our online store.

Click to purchase Calcaire Wines now


Vintage 2014


Vintage 2014 is upon us and we are now processing grapes onsite in our brand new straw bale winery. Its been a long 8 months but whilst its not quite 100% finished it well and truly functional and working a treat. With Viticulturist Andrew Hanigan and our new Winemaker John Schuts on the ground things are running as smoothly as can be.20140403 150010 resized 2


Henry Jones Wine Dinner


Join us at The Henry Jones Art Hotel in Hobart for a 5 course degustation dinner matched to our wines. Henrys Restaurant Executive Chef Andre Kropp have teamed up with Viticulturist Andrew Hanigan and Winemaker John Schuts and invite you to come along and enjoy the night. Click for more details Henry Jones Wine Dinner


Vintage Focus


2007 A worthwhile challenge

If ever there was a year that proved success doesn't come easy, this was it. A small cropping year to begin with, Tasmania experienced the whole gamut of natures challenges. A very dry spring combined with some unusual weather patterns resulted in a very rare black frost , an event where the temperature drops so quickly that the cold air has no chance to drain safely away, and even snow almost down to sea level with a few very unlucky people losing their entire crop. Luckily our vineyard with its elevated position on the banks of the Derwent River provided a perfect moderating effect to ensure no damage occured.
The lack of rainfall heading into summer had an effect on canopy development and resulted in the vines producing smaller and fewer berries than average.
Bushfires over the warm dry summer also affected many growers in Tasmania and Victoria. Once again we escaped any damage and the low crops and warmth ensured flavour and sugar development began early.

Out of all this natural chaos came wines which, rather than showing the flamboyant lusciousness of other small years, retained an elegance and balance which only now is revealing itself as perhaps one of Derwent Estates best ever vintages.

In particular, the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are showing beautifully but we will leave Jancis Robinson, perhaps the most notable of the worlds wine-writers, to describe them.

Derwent Estate Chardonnay 2007 Tasmania

17/20 Drink 2010-2017
Their first oaked Chardonnay. Very neat and well balanced. Nothing out of kilter. Fresh and focused. Tight but not ungenerous. Great texture. Dry finish. 12%

Derwent Estate Pinot Noir 2007 Tasmania

16/20 Drink 2011-2018
Darker crimson than most Tassie Pinots. Very pure and rich and fresh too. Hint of medicinal notes. Fresh and dry on the end. Herby. Racy and dry and very appetising. Spicy but not sweet. 13.5%

Jancis Robinson and Andrew outside the Cellar Door - Jan 2012


James Halliday


2013 Australian Wine Companion

To our knowledge, James Halliday is the only person, not only to grade almost every producer in one country, but to update the ratings every year. The outcome of such a monumental effort, Hallidays Australian Wine Companion, has become both a valuable tool for trade and consumers alike and an excellent means for producers to benchmark their wines against other properties.

In the latest 2013 edition, we are again proud to be awarded the maximum 5 stars.

In particular, our 2011 Riesling and 2010 Chardonnay were each given 94/100 and maximum value-for-money marks with the following tasting notes.

2011 Derwent Estate Riesling
Vivid green hue; an array of ripe exotic fruits mingle with fresh kiwi and lime; the palate is racy and full of energy, with chalky acidity providing line to the concentrated fruit on offer.

2010 Derwent Estate Chardonnay
Mid-gold; showing rich nectarine, lemon curd, cashew and spice on the bouquet; the palate continues the theme, with toasty notes drawn out by fresh lemon acidity; long and nutty to conclude.


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