Yes! You heard right. Our first ever Aprés-Trek: Walk and Wines list! Our first list is tailored to our Tasmania’s Best Day Walks Tour. We will pair a wine made in Tasmania to the day’s walk. To make it easy, all the wines listed below can be found at Dan Murphy’s – we’re not advertising for them but there’s not really a point to the list if the wines are not accessible when you need them most – après-trek.
In Tasmania, the cool climate grapes most popular in the region produce a variety of white wines and as for the reds, the Pinot Noir is the specialty. We will sample 5 Pinot Noir wines from different producers and 5 different types of white wines also from different producers. Get your wine glasses/portable trekking mugs ready! It’s tasting time.
Today we drive from Hobart to Mt Field. We take it light and easy on our walks today and so we should start our Aprés-Trek party with a Riesling from Freycinet. It is pale straw in colour and has citrus flavours. Great way to whet both our walking and drinking apetites!
Our first Pinot Noir is from Coldstream Hills. This wine is bright cherry red with spicy char aromas of French Oak, which is perfect after a day exploring glacier formed landscapes that make you think you’re on the set of Lord of the Rings.
With picturesque views of Lake St Clair, a ferry ride and the lush greens on the Overland Track , I’ve picked a citrusy Sauvignon Blanc from Tasmanian Hill where the wine itself is bright pale gold in colour with hints of green to match the environment.
Our second Pinot Noir is from the East Coast of Tasmania with engaging aromatic berry flavours. We will need the energy of this wine after taking on the Mt Rufus circuit. This wine is a bit more robust with a beautiful finish just like the walk today; a challenge getting up to the summit but the views over the surrounding mountain ranges that you are awarded with are sensational.
After yesterday’s challenging walk, today we sample Josef Chromy”s Pinot Gris with it’s fresh, zesty flavour profile of ripe apricot, pear and subtle hints of ginger to revitalise our bodies as well as our taste buds.
Tonight’s wine is a Northern Tassie Pinot from the Tamar Valley. It is smooth and classy with plum and cherry flavours, a touch of oak and acidity. What a great wine to have after exploring the world renowned Overland Track and Cradle Mountain.
This beautiful 2009 Gewürztraminer has notes of lychee, guava and paw-paw. What a beautiful wine to enjoy on a day taking in the local sights and will go well as an appetiser to other wines you may have picked up along the way.
What a way to honour the Wineglass Bay namesake! Chartley Estate’s Black Crow Pinot Noir is medium bodied with subtle cherry, plum and black fruit flavours. It is rich and velvety palate with crisp acidity. Quality.
Our last white wine on the list is Frogmore Creek’s, Chardonnay. Strong stonefruit and citrus flavours. Some people get a creamy/nutty/buttery taste from this wine.
Day 10: Three Capes Track, Tasman Peninsular, Cape Huay
We end this epic Aprés-Trek: Walk and Wine List with a full-bodied Pinot Noir from Devil’s Corner Resolution. I usually reach for the red and this one I’d happy reach for over and over again. There are blackberry and sour cherry flavours with scents of cedar. They say that this one will be even more amazing if you stow it away in the cellar for 5 to 8 years – not sure if I can wait that long!
There you have it. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this wine list.
Walk, Trek, Wine, Repeat!