This week Subi and Helen from The Farm Shed East Coast Wine Centre take us to Freycinet Vineyard, which since commencing production in the late 1970s has earned an almost legendary status among lovers of Tasmanian – and generally just very fine – wine, particularly for its very aromatic and ever-so-slightly spritzy Riesling.
Freycinet, located a few kilometres south of Bicheno near the Coles Bay-Freycinet National Park turn off, has won many awards. Its wines are now made by the greatly-respected vigneron (and there is a definition of that term embedded in the discussion), Claudio Radenti. The ladies sample the 2018 Riesling before moving on to the Freycinet 2015 Shiraz, of which there are just a few bottles remaining anywhere, so if you’d like to order some, give them a call without delay.
They have some wonderful Tasmanian cheeses to accompany the wine, and this week there was a particularly lively debate in the on-screen chat. Unfortunately that discussion doesn’t transfer across to the recorded video, but you’ll be able to follow the key points of the discussion.
The Müller-Thurgau grape variety is mentioned in the discussion, which the ladies hadn’t reasearched, but a viewer helpfully posted some information online, which is reproduced here:
Müller-Thurgau is a white grape variety (sp. Vitis vinifera) which was created by Hermann Müller from the Swiss Canton of Thurgau in 1882. It is a crossing of Riesling with Madeleine Royale. It is used to make white wine in Germany, Austria, Northern Italy, Hungary, England, Australia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, New Zealand, the United States and Japan.
Happy wine tasting from The Farm Shed!