Tasting notes: Bangor 2014 Abel Tasman Pinot Noir
From Tasmania's South East
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Bangor is a 6,200ha property on the Forestier Peninsula in south east Tasmania. Its landscape encompasses native forests, grasslands and coastlines which are all home to native animals. The superfine merino, prime beef and lambs also share the property with the vines that produce award-winning cool-climate wines and Bangor Wine & Oyster Shed.
There's also a rich Tasmanian history behind Bangor with the first of the Dunbabin family, John, arriving in the state in 1830 as a convict, the same year the Bangor was first developed to supply food to the penal settlement of Port Arthur.
Current family farm managers are Matt and Vanessa, the 6th generation, and their commitment to the land was recognised in 2015 when Matt was named Australian Farmer of the Year.
But back to the wine and there's more than family history to be celebrated. Each Bangor wine recognises someone significant in the region's history and without the man gracing Bangor's premium label, the history of Tasmania could have been radically different.
On the propery's northern coastline is Tasman Bay, the site where Abel Tasman had the Dutch flag planted on December 3rd, 1642. In getting from his first sighting of the island state's west coast, he charted around to this point to land, the first European to do so.
Today the Dunbabin family manages the Bay for its cultural and natural heritage with the area protected as part of Bangor's 2000 hectare network of conservation reserves. And today, the shoreline of Bangor remains largely unchanged, and looks very similar to that explored by Tasman in 1642.
So let's raise a glass to this Dutch Explorer and his namesake island!
2014 Abel Tasman Pinot Noir
A classic Tasmanian cool climate Pinot Noir, Abel Tasman has elegant red fruit flavours balanced with savoury characters, refreshing acidity & the delicate use of French oak. It is drinking well now and will reward with careful cellaring over the next 5 to 10 years.
Winner of silver medals at the 26th Tasmanian Wine Show, 2016 and the 2015 Royal Hobart International Wine Show.
To be released 3rd December 2016, 374 years after the flag was hoisted.
- East Coast and Tasman Peninsula (TAS)
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