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VALLEYFIELD – The Vineyard

Valeyfield Vineyard

 

“You can’t have a vineyard there!”  Challenge met! It took us a while, but agricultural advances and technology have meant we can include ourselves amongst the stunning quality vineyards developing in Tasmania. We are enormously happy with our cool climate Pinot Noir and the devotion we have to producing a premium vintage. It is no light claim that we hand select every bunch and ruthlessly cull for quality before picking - The quality of the grapes is our responsibility – from which our winemakers produce amazingly talented wine. We are also excited to share the exploding discovery of deliciousness that Tasmanian Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc are bringing to the world of fine wine. 

Our first block of Pinot Noir is just under a hectare of D4V2, 114, 115, 667, 777 and Abel clones. Being a pioneer vineyard for the area, we were interested to see which clones would do well – and have not been disappointed in any of them. Premium Pinot Noir requires the complexity that a range of clones bring.

Traditionally the D4V2 Pommard clone is noted for its generous fruit weight, tannin and structure, The 114 and 115 are both Dijon Pinot Fin clones, which are early ripening with medium to low yields and make aromatic wines which are well structured and fruity with suppleness, balance and which age well. The 667 and 777 are also Dijon Pinot Fin clones, selected for their addition of deep colour and tannin, rather than productivity. The Pinot Fin clones traditionally have beautifully perfumed high notes.

For our second block of one hectare of Pinot Noir, we have again planted D4V2 and added D2V6 and D5V12, which are Pinot Droit clones, producing a lighter style of wine. We have also added a substantial planting of more Abel clones.

The Abel would be our favourite, producing the outstanding and famous Ata Rangi in New Zealand. But its fame goes way beyond our hemisphere. Its origins lie in the famous Grand Cru vineyard of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti in Burgundy. Romanée-Conti has been called "one of the greatest wines of the world and the most sought after, the most perfect and the most expensive of Burgundy. Described by the Archbishop of Paris in 1780 as "velvet and satin in bottles". It has also been described by Roald Dahl as "equivalent to experiencing an orgasm at once in the mouth and in the nose."

It arrived in New Zealand with a traveller who had taken the single vine cuttings illegally. They were confiscated by Malcolm Abel, Customs Officer at the time and Winemaker. Recognising their significance, he sent them straight to the Viticulture research station of the day. He waited patiently for the first cuttings to become available and planted them at Ata Rangi. Today it is recognised as delivering wines of great texture and length, with substantial yet silky and fine tannins and flavours of dark cherry. We hope it behaves similarly at “Valleyfield”. 

We are planning further expansion of the vineyard with another hectare of vines mapped out for the near future.

 

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WINE TASTING AND SALES

Our Vineyard is open for Wine Tasting and Sales from Thursday – Monday, 10am – 3pm.

We welcome visitors at other times by appointment – please call 0417 423 889 to call in outside these times.

Closed: Good Friday and Christmas Day.

  • 873 Illawara Road, Longford, Tasmania, Australia

  • (+61) 0417 423 889

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