Delamere Vineyards hosts Effervescence Tasmania tour

BUBBLE MAGIC: Delamere Vineyards winemaker Fran Austin shares her sparkling secrets. Picture: Johanna Baker-Dowdell
BUBBLE MAGIC: Delamere Vineyards winemaker Fran Austin shares her sparkling secrets. Picture: Johanna Baker-Dowdell

The secret behind the vibrant fizz in sparkling wine will be revealed on Sunday when winemaker Fran Austin takes wine lovers behind the scenes for an Effervescence Tasmania event.

Ms Austin produces sparkling, rose, pinot noir and chardonnay wines at Delamere Vineyards, Pipers Brook, with her husband and winery co-owner Shane Holloway.

As one stop in the Tamar Experience, Delamere Vineyards will host an exclusive insight into the Traditional Method process, after wine lovers have enjoyed brunch and wine tastings with Jansz’s award-winning vigneron Jen Doyle and winemaker Lousia Rose at Pipers Brook.

Ms Austin is excited to be sharing some of her winemaking secrets with an eager audience as part of the Effervescence Tasmania weekend.

“I think it’s great for people to have that chance to experience the culture of the wine industry in Tasmania,” Ms Austin said.

“We will be giving people a real treat, with a visual and sensory tour through the magical Traditional Method process.

“The wines we produce here are 100 per cent estate grown and made, so we’ll take people through the whole concept of Traditional Method and sparkling wine,” she said.

Besides finding out how the bubbles get into the bottle and when the yeast comes out, Ms Austin will also give the tour participants tastes of wine at different stages of development.

“Winemakers taste wine at those different stages, like when it’s cloudy and not finished, but we will give them that taste effect from the base wine before it’s bottled, the second ferment when it still has yeast, then the third step when it’s disgorged and the last finishing step when we add the magic liqueur,” Ms Austin said.

Delamere’s winemakers have recently returned from a study tour in Champagne, after Ms Austin won a Don Martin Fellowship to learn about the grower/producer businesses and winemaking processes in the iconic French region.

The Effervescence Tasmania Tamar Experience tour’s third and final stop is at Clover Hill, with the group allowed a sneak peak of the winery’s new Lebrina cellar door.

Clover Hill has not launched its cellar door yet, but chief winemaker Robert Heywood said this tour gave the chance to look before it opened.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to gain a sneak preview of our amazing new cellar door prior to the official opening and to taste the exquisite range from our dedicated method traditionelle sparkling house,” Mr Heywood said.