By Amy Looker, editor National Liquor News
Bay of Fires has unveiled its latest new vintage wines, with winemaker Peter Dredge describing the 2012 wines as among the best ever made at the Tasmanian winery.
The 2012 Bay of Fires Pinot Noir has attracted considerable attention following the blockbuster 2011 release, which won Best Wine of Show, Best Pinot Noir and Best Red Wine at the Royal Sydney Wine Show earlier this year.
According to Dredge, the 2012 Pinot Noir is an even better wine than the multiple trophy winning 2011 and he expects to see great results for both the 2012 Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
“Quite simply, 2012 was one of those vintages winemakers dream about. A cool start to spring finished warmer than average, while adequate rainfall following a wet winter kept our vineyards fresh throughout a warmish summer,” says Dredge.
“You simply couldn’t script a more perfect season and as a result, our Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from 2012 are as good as we have ever made at Bay of Fires.”
Also included in the new release is the 2013 Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, which Dredge said was a slightly challenging but still impressive vintage.
“2013 was a pretty warm vintage with the threat of bushfire around the state during summer. Our harvest period, throughout March and April was warm and dry and vintage was around a week earlier than normal,” he said.
“It is a riper, more forward year than the classic 2012 – it will certainly favour those wines that are best consumed young and fresh but will have some high quality cues as well. We think it might result in wines similar to the highly regarded 2008 and 2010.”
The new release Bay of Fires wines are available now.