Established in 1842, in Cranbrook on Tasmania’s stunning Freycinet Coast, Spring Vale has been home to the Lyne family since the 1870’s. For many years a sheep & cattle property, the estate diversified into viticulture in 1986 and has since established a reputation for wines of outstanding style and structure.
The soil at Spring Vale is mostly a fertile clay loam, with the subsoil varying from porous friable loam with rock to medium-heavy clay.
Drainage is excellent throughout the vineyard.
The Freycinet Coast is the driest part of the state, with an average annual rainfall of 550mm. Warm days and cool nights are a result of this climate and ideal for slow ripening and excellent flavour development.
2018 ‘Salute’ Sparkling
These days we all need something to celebrate. That parallel park you successfully navigated while the neighbour watched. The weather report that signals today lunch is on the deck. Toast these wins with Spring Vale sparkling and remember a time when bubbles where confined to the glass.
“The bouquet has smoky nougat and cooked strawberry notes, the palate crisp and dry, light but intense and refreshing at the finish.”
Huon Hooke – The Real Review
2022 Pinot Gris
An enticing array of nashi pear, floral, citrusy aromas with a hint of cashew. The palate is bursting with pear and stone fruit flavours, it is round, soft and beautifully textured from time on lees in barrel.
Lifted wild berry and rose petal aromatics.
Dry, savoury and refined on the palate. Upfront subtle red fruits with a velvety mid palate from barrel ferment and maturation. Nuances of wet river stone on the lingering finish.
2019 ‘Estate’ Pinot Noir
Deep ruby red in colour, this Pinot Noir has powerful aromas of dark cherry and spice with subtle hints of dried herbs. The palate has the trademark Spring Vale intensity of dark berry fruit flavours, plush mouthfeel and forest floor undertones.
“Impressive depth of black cherry fruit is well supported by toasty, spicy French oak. Fine tannins and crunchy acidity are well balanced, promising medium-term potential for those who appreciate a more savoury style.”
91 Points – Tyson Stelzer MW – Halliday Wine Companion
2015 ‘Cellar’ Pinot Noir
The 2015 saw a return to average yields with good flowering conditions and a moderate ripening period producing berries of consistent size and quality. With low disease risk the fruit was in pristine condition and flavour ripeness developed steadily. Over a busy two weeks the fruit was harvested then destemmed into open pots with regular plunging to gently extract tannins. Upon dryness the wine was pressed to French barriques, 30% of which were new, where it remained for 9 months. After this time in oak, the wine was racked to tank where it was left for two months to further integrate the tannins. It was then sterile filtered and bottled.Though it’s not as concentrated as the very low yielding 2014 Pinot Noir the quality of fruit in the 2015 shows beautifully.
Dark brick red in colour, this Pinot Noir has powerful aromas of dark cherry complimented by charred oak and mixed spice.The palate has lively sour cherry and strawberry flavours nicely balanced by savoury oak and persistent fine grained tannin. An elegant and delicate Pinot Noir but with a myriad of flavours and great length that will allow careful cellaring.
2018 ‘Family Selection’ Pinot Noir
A blend of original 1986 plantings trained on the Lyre system and 2000 plantings on the VSP system with a clonal mix of G5V15, D5V12, 114, 115. Soils are old red loams of volcanic origin.
Fruit was destemmed into open pots for initial cool pre-ferment maceration, usually up to four days. Some pots were allowed to ferment ‘wild’ with natural yeasts. The remainder were inoculated with cultured yeast and all pots received regular hand plunging during ferment to gently extract flavour and tannins. Upon dryness the wine was pressed to French oak barriques, 25% new, where it remained for 10 months.
Decanter World Wine Awards – 97 point Platinum Award
“Heady, seductive and silky, this moreish, accomplished wine brings fine-grained tannins supporting layers of cocoa, red berries, ripe strawberry, touches of bacon, incense and macerated plums.
Brings you back again and again.”
“A selection of the 7 best barrels of estate pinot noir…
Depth of red and black cherry fruit is accented with East Coast black pepper, confidently supported by toasty French oak.”
94 Points – Tyson Stelzer, MW – Halliday Wine Companion