Lake Barrington Vineyard

One of the oldest and most picturesque vineyards in Tasmania – established in 1984 by Roger and Maree Taylor. There are only two acres planted with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir/ Meunier - selected by Wine Industry Tasmania to grace the cover of the first State-wide Wine Touring Guide produced in 2007/08.
The vineyard, located in the North-West some 30 kilometres south of Devonport and only one hour from Cradle Mountain, was purchased by Charles and Jill Macek in 2005. Charles has been a director of Wesfarmers since 2001 and retired from the Telstra Board in 2009 after eight years on that Board. 
After studying the history of the vineyard and the numerous awards won by its wines they decided to specialise in sparkling wine made in the methode champenoise. The one disappointment from this decision was the loss of a consistent Gold medal winning Chardonnay, exemplified by the 2002 vintage winning this category in the 2006 Tasmanian Wine Show.
The sparkling wine, named after the Taylor’s daughter, Alexandra, is made exclusively from hand-picked grapes grown on the estate. Starting with the first vintage produced in 1993 every vintage but one has won a medal at the Tasmanian Wine Show. The wine maker is Alain Rousseau, head wine maker at Frogmore Creek Winery.
Both vintages produced since the change of direction have won awards. The 2006 Alexandra was rated as Five-stars and selected as a Top Five Finalist in the wine of the year for 2010, in its category, by Winestate Magazine and won Gold at the 2011 Tasmanian Wine Show. The current release, the 2008 vintage, won a Gold medal at the 2012 Tasmanian Wine Show.
Lake Barrington Vineyard is one of the few Australian vineyards exclusively dedicated to making sparkling wine. The quality of the fruit and the skill of the wine maker has made Alexandra one of the most consistent of the outstanding sparkling wines that emanate from Tasmania. As this venture is a hobby for Charles and Jill their sole goal is to make sparkling in the traditional methode champenoise of the highest calibre. This style of sparkling needs at least four years and preferably longer on lees. Hence the focus to date has been building an inventory pipeline to avoid premature disgorgement. With a vintage from each year starting with 2007 now on lees a late disgorged sparkling becomes feasible. “Alexandra is already recognised as one  of the outstanding sparkling wines that come from Tasmania. Winning medals, even Gold, is great but my ambition is to win a trophy for best sparkling in the show”, says Charles.
Having decided to specialise in sparkling wine created a dilemma as Charles and Jill wanted tokeepthe cellar door at the vineyard open yet it is not economically practical to offer tastings of such a premium quality wine. “I have seen vineyards on every Continent and this is the prettiest vineyard I have seen anywhere. It has the lake surrounded by natural forest with magnificent Tasmanian Blackwood, rolling farm land and, the spectacular Mt. Roland as backdrop. It would be sacrilege to deny the public access to this stunning setting”, says Charles.
Fortunately, there is a symbiotic relationship with White Rock vineyard at Kimberley. Phil Dolan, the owner of White Rock manages the viticulture at Lake Barrington Vineyard, which in turn provides him with a Cellar Door from which to sell his still wines. Typically there is a Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir available for tastings.
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