We’re excited to introduce a new arrival to our stores: Priory Ridge Wines! This award winning range of Tasmanian wine is grown and produced in Priory, on Tasmania’s East Coast, located just near Bay of Fires, Binalong Bay and St Helens.
Priory Ridge is a boutique vineyard on 20 hectares 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 (Reid/Clifford) for over 120 years. Julie’s Great Grandparents settled at Priory in 1889 after migrating from England in 1880.
Before its conversion to grapes the property was mainly used to graze sheep as an adjunct to a much larger property, grazing sheep, cattle and some cropping. Priory Ridge has the George River as its Northern boundary and the vineyard draws its water from a small dam on the property.
All grapes are hand-picked and wine fermented by the grapes’ own yeasts. The Pinot Noir is allowed to mature in French Oak for over 18 months undertaking natural malolactic conversion, thus enhancing the body and flavour and producing a rounder, fuller mouth feel to the wine.
The Sauvignon Blanc is naturally fermented in oak barrels in the French tradition.
We are proud to stock the following in our Salamanca, Davey St, Bellerive, Lenah Valley and Sandy Bay stores:
Priory Ridge Sauvignon Blanc
This wine has a distinctive varietal nose: tropical fruits; leaves a smooth and creamy residue on the palate with a caress of oak.
A stylish white depicting the terrior of the Bay of Fires region.
Priory Ridge Pinot Gris
Vibrant straw coloured appearance.
A well-made wine reflecting a great vintage; presents with a serious texture and a zingy citrus balance, giving a persistence and length that will get better with age.
Priory Ridge Pinot Noir
This wine has a typical Burgundian nose; has plum and dark fruit flavours, balanced by velvety tannins and oak complexity; delivers textures & structure on the long persisting palate.
Following 18 months in French Oak barrels this wine has been bottled without fining or filtration. The slight peppery/spicy finish adds to the character of the wine.
Drink now or cellar to improve with age in the bottle.