In 2012 Vanessa and Neville Bagot were visiting Vanessa’s beloved home state of Tasmania, when they were made aware that Barringwood Park Vineyard (as it was then called) was for sale. A single visit to the stunning site along with wine tasting captivated them. Perhaps it is too simplistic to say they liked the wine so much they bought the vineyard, but it’s not too far from the mark. The first vines at Barringwood’s original Lower Barrington vineyard were planted on the site of a working sawmill in 1993. Vanessa and Neville have planted two new vineyards in Evandale and Cranbrook, in addition to the original Lower Barrington plantings. Barringwood Vineyard has one of the longest growing seasons in Tasmania giving their wines delicacy and elegance along with a classic backbone of cool climate acidity. Since the first vintage in 1998, Barringwood’s multi award winning single vineyard wines have consistently been among Tasmania’s best.
NED GOODWIN - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Compact, juicy and expansive, this single-plot pinot is very good. 15% whole-bunch fruit was used in the fermentation, before 11 months' maturation in French oak. This approach seems to have attenuated and polymerised the tannins, smoothing away any brittle edges. Cherry notes and candied orange rind Amaro, LL dusted with exotic spices, jitterbug about the mouth. There is still grip, though, but it is silk on a sharp spindle.
MIKE BENNIE - THE WINE FRONT
Flint and spice, touch of char, some pepper, just ripe red plummy fruit character. Good bouquet. Palate spreads well, shaped nicely with puffs of tannin, good fresh feel, sour cherry and cranberry tang in tow and just a hint of chalk-graphite mineral things going on. Nice drink.
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
Medium to light brick-red colour, showing some development, the bouquet reserved and mellow, developed. Smoked charcuterie. The palate is slightly hollow. The finish is firm, the tannins a bit earthy and gritty.