Derwent Valley, TAS
Having relocated with the family to Tasmania in late 2008 with desirable site prerequisites set in stone, the canvas of Domaine Dawnelle was discovered in less than two years. Be it ‘chance’ or ‘the right place at the right time’, a late evening prospect in the Granton Heights revealed a plethora of riches so perfectly suited to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Domaine Dawnelle is named in honour of Michael O’Briens late grandmother and rice farm in country New South Wales where he spent much of his childhood.
Having been born and raised in the Riverina, Michael has been immersed in the land, farming and wine for many years. His earliest memories of winemaking stretch back to the days of vintage festivities and the pungent grape marc aromas that filled the distillery where is grandfather once worked.
An inevitable progression from his grandparent’s farm led to the study of viticulture and winemaking at university and into a world of vineyards and wine.
The 8.5 hectare parcel of land (42°45’S, 147°12’E) is located in rural Granton – Tasmania’s most eminent terroir for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. At 160m above sea level and perched atop a north-facing chalk ridge, the shallow topsoil reveals a myriad of fossilised marine shells over chalk and limestone sub-layers.
The vineyard, still in its developmental stage has been planted with the classic Burgundy varietals: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Winemaker: Michael OBrien