4238 Bridport Road, Pipers Brook VIC
03 6382 7190
In the town of Pipers River, in the North East of Tasmania, sits a winery that produces terroir-driven sparkling, grown and manufactured on the same 6.5 hectare site.
Delamere Vineyards has led the way in Tasmanian’s modern wine industry, having created estate-grown drops for over 30 years.
Richard and Dallas Richardson established the historic winery in 1982, naming it after the famous Delamere Forest in the United Kingdom. In 2007, after decades of winemaking, they sold the business to Fran Austin and Shane Holloway, bringing about a new era in the Delamere story.
Shane and Fran were more than qualified to run Delamere. Growing up in the Adelaide Hills and Western Australia respectively, both relocated to Tasmania, tempted by the beautiful scenery and their love of cool-climate wine.
The pair holds more than 30 years of winemaking experience across numerous regions, including Burgundy, Oregon, Yarra Valley and the Adelaide Hills. During 13 years of winemaking in Tasmania, Fran has collected a multitude of awards for her work, and her time at Delamere is shaping up to be no different.
Delamere spans 6.5 hectares, boasting chardonnay and pinot noir grapes. The site has rich red ferrosol soils, a signature of the Pipers River region, and the vines are planted on a steep hill. At 780–800mm annually, the rainfall is higher than most grape-growing regions and is significantly colder than the vineyards in the Tamar Valley.
Due to the elevation and exposure to the northern and southern winds, Delamere fruit usually ripens two to three weeks behind the sites along the riverbank. This allows for greater control over the slow and steady ripening and adds to the unique flavour profiles of Delamere wines. The densely planted site is hand pruned and picked, with the harvest usually taking place between late March and early April.
This attention to detail results in a wine selection that ranges from sparkling to pinot noir. Delamere’s flagship wine, Blanc de Blanc, is a sparkling made from chardonnay grapes. With notes of blossom, white peach and a signature hint of oyster shell, the wine is rich and refined on the palate with flavours of citrus fruit and toast, and a lingering nutty finish.
You can try this, as well as Delamere’s entire range, at the cellar door, which is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm, only closing on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday. For a food pairing, the cellar door team also offer a ‘pick your own picnic’ option. An open pantry and deli is stocked with the very best in Tasmanian produce, ready for you to build a gourmet hamper. Once you’ve made your choice, it can be enjoyed under the pergola or among the vines.
It’s not just tastings that are on offer at Delamere’s cellar door. For the past 17 years the vineyard has been home to Shakespeare in the Gardens, a theatrical day out where the audience can bring a picnic and indulge in Delamere drops. In 2016 Shane and Fran also hosted their first music festival, offering an afternoon of live music and fine wines.
With more than 35 years of history behind it, Delamere continues to deliver an exceptional collection of cool-climate wines, which reflect the unique terroir in which they are produced. Stop by to say hello to Shane and Fran and learn a little bit more about this pocket of wine paradise.