About Auburn Road
The Tamar River estuary is 70 kilometres long, extending south from Bass Straight to where Launceston is located at its upper reaches. Despite its name, the Tamar is not actually a river but a saline and tidal estuary, and was originally inhabited by the Leterremairrener and Pangerninghe clans of the Palawa people, the Traditional
Owners of Lutruwita (Tasmania).
On the western bank of the Tamar River, not far from where it feeds into the surging waters of Bass Strait, is a
patch of untamed paradise where north-facing hills spill into a lake surrounded by native forest dense with wild turkeys, black swans and hopping pademelons. The site’s remarkable soils and spring-fed dam sparked our attention, ultimately resulting in its acquisition in 2018 – making Auburn Road our very first Tasmanian vineyard. Its lush green surroundings and picturesque views onto Middle Arm Bay are only enhanced by the majestic colour displays of our resident wild peacocks as they roam through the 10 hectares under vines.
Surrounded by the native forest belonging to our estate and the closest to the main dam we find Block E, a very special 0.25ha for we source the grapes for our Single Vineyard Auburn Road Pinot Noir from its vines.
Four more blocks under trellis produce exceptional Chardonnay displaying bright fruit flavours and taut structure - the perfect framework on which we built a sparkling wine of elegance and complexity, prompting the release of
our first Méthode Traditionnelle sparking cuvée in December 2020.