Sauvignon Blanc grapes were hand-picked at optimum ripeness, pressed at Apsley Gorge winery at Bicheno, cold settled before transfer and fermentation in French oak barrels utilising the grapes own natural yeasts. The wine is rich and complex with a textured palate expressing hints of citrus, gooseberry and a smoky nuttiness; the finish is wonderfully long, clean and crisp.
This vineyard is located in the small settlement of Priory, close to the popular tourist destinations of Binalong Bay and the Bay of Fires on Tasmania’s east coast. Priory Ridge is a boutique vineyard currently 6 hectares in size with plans to expand. The vineyard occupies part of a 20ha property with ideal North facing slopes which maximise sunlight. The soil is Devonian granite rich in mineral content, transferring a unique “terroir” to the wine. Formally known as Tarpot Farm, the property has been in the ownership of Julie Llewellyn’s family for over 120 years. Before its conversion to grapes the property was mainly used to graze sheep and cattle. Priory Ridge has the George River as its northern boundary, enabling the vineyard to naturally source its water from the property.