After a few days in Hobart, we headed north. Our plan was to stop at Wineglass Bay (something that has long been on my bucket list), which we did. Well we made it as far as driving around the carpark for an hour. We paid our $24 national park entrance fee and couldn’t find a park! We ended up giving up, as we didn’t want to park illegally, like a lot of people were doing and we also didn’t want to spend more hours driving around and around.
However there was some light at the end of the tunnel, and that was Marion’s Vineyard in the Tamar Valley. After making the drive up to Launceston and out to our AirBnb in the Tamar Valley it was about 4pm. And what do you know, we dropped our bags and managed to visit not 1 but 2 cellar doors before they shut for the day.
Marion’s Vineyard was one of them and what a gold-mine of a spot it is! The vineyard is named after the owner, Marion, who is of Greek decent and established the vineyard in 1979. In fact, Marion’s Vineyard was the first cellar door to open in Tassie!
The quirky little cellar door has an absolutely spectacular view out to the estuary – it really was a pretty spot to end our day. But that’s not all folks because Marion’s Vineyard also makes some pretty delicious wine. We ended up buying a bottle of the Afterglow Pinot Noir/Zinfandel rose and Chardonnay to take back to the AirBnb and my Dad bought a couple of the reds.
This 2015 Chardonnay for $40 was right up my alley! Here are my notes for it:
It’s a golden lime shade on the eye. When I give it a whiff, it makes me think of golden delicious apples, melon and pawpaw – a mix of tropical and orchard fruits. In the mouth it has a smooth mouthfeel with those stonefruit characteristics coming through alongside a touch of orange peel acidity. It’s very much a comforting wine.
All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy!