665 Middle Tea Tree Road, Tea Tree, TAS
(03) 6268 1947
There aren’t many people who can correctly name all wines in a blind tasting. Greg Melick is one of the few, having spent the last part of 50 years developing an extensive trove of wine knowledge. He injects this and so much more into his vineyard, Pressing Matters, where he and his team produce multi award-winning pinot noir and riesling.
Greg is a man of many talents, having worn the hats of commando, senior counsel, special investigator and major general throughout his illustrious career. Through all this, what has stayed consistent is a love of wine and an incredible palate, which lends well to positions as a national and international wine judge and Master Judge of Wine. He is also one of the few Australians to hold a passport from the Primum Familiae Vini – an international association of 12 of the world’s finest wine-producing families.
At Pressing Matters, Greg brings this passion and enthusiasm to life, producing quality wine with his wife Michelle. She looks after the administration, sales, marketing and tastings at Pressing Matters, as well as occasionally helping out in the vineyard.
When Greg and Michelle planted their Coal River Valley vineyard back in 2002, Greg’s two favourite wine-growing areas inspired them: Mosel in Germany and Burgundy in France. The vineyard is on a frost-free northeasterly facing slope, with a few feet of cracking clay overlaying a calcareous base, providing ideal conditions for both pinot noir and riesling.
Greg and Michelle were struggling to decide on a name when serendipity stepped in. A visiting friend came across a print by Tasmanian artist, Tom Samek, titled Pressing Matters. The artwork contained the essential elements of the vineyard’s wine label: wine, barrels and barristers. As luck would also have it, Tom was a good friend of the pair and agreed to design the labels.
With the design looked after, it was onto the winemaking. Pinot noir, originally made by Paul Smart, is now made on-site by their own vigneron, Matt Connaughton, along with wine consultant and award-winning winemaker, Samantha Connew. Sam has a background as both a winemaker and wine judge, and has collected a number of awards and recognitions for both pursuits over the years.
At Pressing Matters, Matt and Sam work with vines that are cropped at very low levels to allow good structure and concentration of fruit. All of Pressing Matters’ wine styles have won awards – over 30 trophies and 50 gold medals – and as such, Greg and Michelle don’t single out a flagship drop. Pinot noir is released three to four years after vintage to give it time to achieve its true drinking potential, while the collection of rieslings possess great fruit weight, balanced by acidity and minerality.
Tastings and sales are available by appointment on most days. If you can’t visit personally, Pressing Matters also has a web-based cellar door that allows you to enjoy a range of current release wines and sign up to a wine club, which includes new releases to museum selections.
If riesling and pinot noir are your preferred drops, Pressing Matters is a dream come true. With wines that could be considered Tasmanian treasures, they are well worth seeking out.