Wine tourism is a burgeoning business in Australia and with a falling Aussie greenback that development appears destined to proceed, particularly for areas which might be blessed with excellent terroir, temperate local weather and shut proximity to a big airport.
A principal beneficiary of the development are the Victorian wine areas that are nicely serviced by air and street and luxuriate in a rising status for the standard of their choices.
While areas just like the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula and Bendigo have efficiently raised their profile with shoppers and vacationers, there are a number of up and coming areas which are but to see their second within the highlight however are worthy contenders for the vacationer greenback.
I might by no means have given it greater than cursory consideration, however when a pal of mine, Tam Wrigley of the Wineoclock Show, advised that I take a better take a look at a vineyard from the Gippsland area, my curiosity was piqued. Not a lot by the locale, however by the large wrap she gave their product.
The Toms Cap Vineyard is a small, family-owned producer in East Gippsland, about 200km from the Melbourne CBD, which produces a variety of wines created from fruit grown in their very own vineyards.
Their focus is as a lot concerning the environment and eating expertise as it’s their wines. They have a big restaurant and performance venue in addition to a smaller eating choice for extra intimate affairs.
Both consuming homes are nestled in a picturesque website amongst the vines, adjoining to manicured lawns and surrounded by well-tended gardens. Understated, however with a refined magnificence, the Toms Cap cooks use a variety of produce sourced as typically as attainable from native farms and even their very own gardens.
It all sounds idyllic, however it would not be a viticultural expertise with out premium grade wines to place the icing on the journey.
The cellar door at Toms Cap provides every little thing from sauvignon blanc to riesling, glowing chardonnay and even a “pink” fizz, however as so typically occurs my palate naturally gravitated in the direction of the reds. As you’d anticipate, the reds have been extra about magnificence than weight given the cooler local weather across the neighbouring Strzelecki Ranges.
What was a tad shocking to me was the absence of pinot noir on the Toms Cap listing, although I am positive the winemaking staff have a superb cause for that call.
The Gippsland area is probably best recognized for its beautiful fragrant whites and a singular pinot noir however the Toms Cap reds did not disappoint.
The Toms Cap cabernet sauvignon 2011 is surprisingly properly aged to be present classic. In its youth, I am positive it will have been a brilliant purple, however it’s now extra of a brackish pink color within the glass and there is a forest flooring leafiness and a few earthy violets on the nostril.
It’s not till the center that the currants and candy blackberries work their means out of the French oak shackles and embrace a demure, although refined conclusion. There are nonetheless sufficient tannins to recommend that it’ll deal with a couple of extra years left mendacity on its aspect, nevertheless it’s consuming completely nicely proper now.
I reckon it is an ideal bottle to take to mum’s for Sunday night time dinner subsequent time she presents to do her rosemary and sage crusted lamb rack. The Toms Cap 2015 three Dog Shiraz is a pleasant instance of a light-weight, cool local weather shiraz. The three Dog is a deep brooding purple within the glass and is all about spice, savoury plums and understated magnificence. I really like the distinction of ripe, spicy pink fruits with a savoury stalkiness on the sides.
So, when you’re up for the street journey, the Gippsland wine area and the Toms Cap Vineyard are ‘should do’ inclusions for the itinerary in your subsequent sojourn or oenological journey.