The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Indulgence -

Ta­mar Ridge Re­search Se­ries RICHARD Smart and Andrew Pirie are re­spec­tively the con­sul­tant viti­cul­tur­ist and chief wine­maker for Ta­mar Ridge, their skills over­lap­ping in a sep­a­rate pilot win­ery. Added in­put comes from three PhD stu­dents and fund­ing by a $1.8 mil­lion gov­ern­ment re­search and de­vel­op­ment grant. The pilot win­ery has re­leased a 2007 Ta­mar Ridge Re­search Se­ries 83-1 Viog­nier (94 points) and a 2007 Re­search Se­ries 81-1 Al­barino (91 points), the first of ei­ther variety in Tas­ma­nia ($28.30 each). The viog­nier has true va­ri­etal char­ac­ter and the palate has the vi­brancy and thrust of­ten lack­ing. The al­barino is bright, light straw-green, with ex­cep­tional in­ten­sity to the cit­rus, spice and pear flavours. Lim­ited main­land dis­tri­bu­tion through Fine Wine Part­ners. James Halliday

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