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A mix of fine wines from Sommelier Joseph Burton

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Joseph Burton, Sommelier

Joseph Burton, Sommelier

Levantine Hill Estate Syrah
Gala Estate Pinot Rose
Apogee Deluxe Vintage Brut
Winter Brook Riesling


Joseph Burton Wines has a portfolio incorporating over 3,000 wines.  Supplying Tasmania’s finest restaurants, experienced sommelier Joseph regularly conducts wine education sessions within the hospitality industry and holds an annual trade day to showcase key vineyards from within the portfolio. 

He was the first certified sommelier in Tasmania and is now the state's most awarded as well as being certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers and a member of the International Sommeliers Guild. He knows wine.

Joseph has selected four wines, three Tasmanian and one Victorian, to feature in these tasting notes:


2017 Gala Estate Pinot Rosé (East Coast, Tasmania)

Strawberry pink in colour, the 2017 Rosé from Gala Estate on Tasmania’s East Coast is slightly darker in appearance than previous years, due to the vines maturing.

On the nose, the aroma is pure and fresh strawberries, red currants and peasprout with a hint of fresh leaves and spices. In the mouth the wine is rich and full bodied, with flavours of strawberry and fresh, but not sweetened cream. 

This wine is full of texture, with acid and the slightest hint of tannin beautifully integrated. A classy, savoury and dry rosé, to be served chilled and enjoyed now. 

The perfect summer wine, serve at garden parties or over dinner with fresh prawns and chilled seafood.


2014 Apogee Deluxe Vintage Brut (North East, Tasmania)

Made entirely by hand by renowned Tasmanian winemaker, Dr. Andrew Pirie, Apogee Tasmania is a 2 ha vineyard, based on the design of the average holding of vineyard land in Champagne. 

Light gold with fine mousse and a suitable foamy collar when poured, aromas range from bready, yeasty overtones through to perfumed red fruits and lemon-rind with a faint salty oyster-shell character derived from the terroir. The wine is rich on the mid-palate thanks to the cool climate pinot noir component, and the cool climate chardonnay ensures a lean and fresh finish with flavours of fresh baked rye bread, cashew nut and red skinned apples. 

Finished with a freshness from the line of pure acidity that pulls the wine together towards the long and complete finish, this is an elegant sparkling from Northern Tasmania.


2017 Winter Brook Riesling (Tamar Valley, Tasmania)

Pale lemon in colour with flecks of green at the rim, the 2017 Riesling from Winter Brook in the Tamar Valley smells somewhat Germanic in style, with ripe lime, lemon sherbet and talcum powder at the fore. 

With a little time in the glass, the aromatic profile changes to reveal hints of ripe pears and sweet apples.In the mouth, the immediate impression is one of vivacity and freshness, with lime juice, grapefruit and granny smith apple.

A precise and angular wine with razor sharp acidity intertwined with a crisp fresh fruit character this is a bone dry, pure and classic Tasmanian riesling with the slightest suggestion of elderflower and chamomile. The finish is long, dry and well integrated.  A terrific example of genuinely dry white wine with no winemaker artefact. Very pure and fresh. 

Drink on its own or enjoy with a wide variety of foods, from fresh oysters to battered flathead fillets or even barbequed quail.


2014 Levantine Hill Estate Syrah (Yarra Valley, Victoria)

Recently awarded best in show at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London, the 2014 Levantine Hill Estate Syrah is an assemblage of nine individual batches sourced from Levantine’s single block of Shiraz. 

This classic complex cool-climate Syrah style shows a heady fragrance of musk, allspice, tarragon, lavender, nectarine, flint, grilled meats, cypress pine, milk chocolate, stalky jalapeno and cherry oak. 

The deceptively weighty, plush and all-embracing palate shows a hybrid of sweet and savoury flavours such as mulberry, Szechuan pepper, sumac, caraway, dark berry and chocolate with silken textural fruit weight and breadth of fine-grained tannins. 

A bona fide ‘time in the glass’ wine requiring a good swirl and patience for the complex characters to unfurl and reveal its manifold layers, this wine can be enjoyed now and has an ageing potential of 10+ years.

The team at Joseph Burton Wines can also compile bespoke wine lists for corporate events, weddings and private celebrations, working to budget and buying back any undamaged surplus cases.  Clients include restaurateurs seeking advice on their wine lists, a corporate events planners in need of something outside the square and those simply seeking to impress guests at their next dinner party.

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