Tamburlaine Organic Wines
358 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin
02 4998 4200
Tamburlaine Organic Wines pays homage to Christopher Marlowe’s historical figure from the Genghis Khan era, ‘Tamburlaine the Great’.
Notorious for being a fearless and inspirational leader, Tamburlaine’s spirit can be seen in the passion and drive for success of wines from vineyards in both the Hunter Valley and Orange High Country regions.
Operating since 1966, Tamburlaine Wines in the Hunter Valley was originally owned by Dr Lance Allen. In 1985 Mark and Lou Davidson, along with a small group of friends and family from Newcastle, bought the vineyard, and set about the task of bringing the winery into a new era of quality and versatile wines.
Mark studied viticulture and wine science at Riverina College (now known as Charles Sturt University), and in 1998, was the inaugural winner of the Hunter Vigneron of the Year. As Chief Winemaker at Tamburlaine, he oversees the boutique winery’s production with Senior Winemaker Aaron Mercer, who joined the team in 2016. Aaron has an incredible wealth of technical expertise and industry knowledge, and combined with his enduring passion for wine, the team is sure to impress.
Both Mark and Aaron understand the importance of operating sustainably. Therefore, all of Tamburlaine’s wine production is fully organic and biodynamic certified. To preserve quality, the vineyards exclude the use of herbicide, pesticide and fungicides, creating a natural wine that’s bursting with flavour.
As Australia’s largest organic wine producer, the vineyards operate in two distinctly different regions. With 13 hectares of vines at its Hunter Valley location, grape varietals such as semillon, verdelho and chambourcin flourish in the warm climate of the area. At the Orange sites, Tamburlaine grows grape varieties to reflect the terroir and cool climate of the high altitude area, from syrah and grenache to pinot gris, riesling and sauvignon blanc.
While it’s hard to choose one wine to define the company, Mark suggests that over many years Tamburlaine has grown famous for its verdelho from the Hunter Valley. A classic wine with ageing potential, the verdelho is reminiscent of those crisp moments before summer hits; with flavours of tropical fruits, apricot and honeysuckle, this wine is delicately balanced with tight acidity.
More recently, the malbec varietal of the Orange region has become somewhat of a star; cigar box oakiness is transformed by the sweetness of raspberry and plum jam to produce this mouth-watering wine.
Enter the warm, relaxed space of the Cellar Door in the Hunter Valley to sample some of Tamburlaine’s exclusive wine range, among other products. There is also a stunning homestead-style Lodge on site, where the Tamburlaine team is able to host weddings, corporate dinners and other special events throughout the year.
Maintaining the success of Tamburlaine both in Australia and internationally (including a consistent five-star rating from James Halliday) is a result of Mark and his team’s dedication to change and constant improvement. Put this stop on your bucket list for an informative and welcoming introduction to their organic wines, created with passion and precision in a magnificent location.