Bob and Rita Richter have a small vineyard on the west Tamar in northern Tasmania. They have 18 different grape varieties growing on their 3.5 hectare vineyard and three of those have been used in this blend.
Consisting of Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc, this wine has an amazing dense, glossy purple colour. It begins with a lovely floral lift, quite plummy and very inviting. The palate is medium bodied, full of red and blue fruits and finishes with a touch of sweet, creamy oak and fine tannins.
I described it on social media as “wanting to let people know how good it is but was too polite” (a bit like Bob and Rita actually). At $30 a bottle is very good value for money and is a very versatile wine to say the least. You could have it with sausages, eggs and chips or osso bucco or with a block of good hard cheese. This beauty should cellar for 6-8 years. (For the record, this wine was tasted approximately 12 months ago and has been taken from a previous blog I had).
This wine was purchased directly from the cellar door but sadly, no longer available. The current release is available at www.greysands.com.au