ARGUABLY the world's most respected wine commentator has given Tasmania a huge thumbs up.
Leading United Kingdom wine expert, and wine adviser to the Queen, Jancis Robinson, has given the local wine industry a glowing endorsement.
In articles on her website and in the international business newspaper The Financial Times Ms Robinson has reached an audience of millions.
The celebrated wine writer describes local Chardonnays as "stupendous", Pinots as "very promising" and wines produced by an ambitious "new wave" of young smallholder-winemakers as as having "an intensity that transends the norm".
Derwent Estate vigneron Andrew Hanigan said the exposure on Ms Robinson's blog was a huge rap for the local cool climate wine industry.
Mr Hanigan got a thumbs up for his 2007 Chardonnay which Ms Robinson described as: "Very neat, well balanced, fresh and focused."
Ms Robinson visited the Granton winery as part of the recent International Cool Climate Symposium held in Hobart earlier this month.
"She is one of the most influential wine writers in the world and it was quite nerve-wrecking but at the same time a little bit exciting," Mr Hanigan said.
"This is Janice Robinson and when she writes something people take notice
"Any exposure from someone of her calibre you cannot put a price on."
Wine Tasmania chief executive Sheralee Davies said the visit of wine delegates to the state in early February provided fantastic exposure for Tasmanian wines.
"They take their experiences, which have been overwhelmingly positive, and share this with their far reaching, global, wine-engaged audiences.
"This positive exposure is expected to result in an increased interest in Tasmanian wine, visitation and potential investment.
"It has already generated significant interest and will further cement Tasmania's place as a cool climate wine producer rivalling the world's best."
TOP TASSIE DROPS:
- Bagdad Hills Shiraz 2010
- Bay of Fires, Arras Blanc de Blancs 2001
- Josef Chromy, Delikat SGR Riesling
- Derwent Estate Chardonnay 2007
- Domaine A, Stoney Vineyard Merlot 2005 and Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
- Frogmore Creek Riesling 2007, FGR Riesling 2010 and 2011, Chardonnay 2009 and Evermore Pinot Noir 2009
- Glenayr, (Tolpuddle Vineyard) Pinot Noir 2008
- Hardy's Eileen Hardy Chardonnay 2009 and Pinot Noir 2009
- Moorilla Estate, Muse Gewurztraminer 2010 and Pinot Noir 2009
- Sinapius Riesling 2010, Chardonnay 2010 and Pinot Noir 2010
- Stefano Lubijana, Collina Chardonnay 2008
- Pipers Brook Vineyard, Reserve Pinot Noir North East 2006
- Pooley Wines, Late Harvest Riesling 2010
- Pressing Matters Pinot Noir 2010 and R69 Riesling 2010 and R139 Riesling 2010
- Stoney Rise, Holyman Pinot Noir 2010 and Chardonnay 2010
- Tamar Ridge, Kayena Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 and Botrytis Riesling 2009
- Tower Estate, Panorama Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
- Waterton, R15 2008 and Botrytis Riesling 2010