This is a full-bodied wine showing "burgundian" characters within the fruit flavours, soft tannins and a firm acid backbone. The fruit is integrated with the oak, and shows a complex of wild berries and damson plums. This wine is ready to drink now, but cellaring for a further 3-5 years will produce some superb secondary characters. Wild yeast fermentation and new and old French oak, this wine is a superb example of cool climate Pinot Noir. The wine exhibits its South Eastern Tasmania roots showing berry fruit, dark plum and spice, whilst with bottle age shows subtle mushroom and forest floor characters.
Cape Bernier is situated on Tasmania’s east coast overlooking the historic Marion Bay. This is an ideal site for cool climate viticulture as the coastal location and maritime weather patterns ensure a frost-free spring, mild growing conditions throughout summer, and an extended cool autumn ripening period. The easterly aspect of this region provides extended hours of sunshine while the sea breezes of the coastal location temper the heat of summer allowing fruit to develop balance and complexity. Established in 1998, the vines have matured with age and so too have the wines, Cape Bernier was awarded Tasmanian Vineyard of the year in 2010, receiving a 4.5 star rating in James Halliday’s 2013 Australian Wine Companion.