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By JOHN ROZENTALS

WINE: 22 SEPTEMBER 2016

Renewing a winemaking friendship on Tasmania’s East Coast

A recent trip to Tasmania gave me a chance to catch up with Claudio Radenti, who shares winemaking duties with his partner Lindy Bull at Freycinet Vineyard, on the State’s East Coast.

The vineyard and winery were established in the 1980s by Lindy’s parents, Geoff and Susan Bull, whom I came to know quite well and indeed worked for as a consultant winemaker in the mid-80s.

There wasn’t a chance to catch up with Geoff and Susan this time round, as they’d headed north for the winter to the Sunshine Coast, but I did get a chance to sample some of Claudio’s and Lindy’s wines — and I must admit to being very taken by most of the latest Freycinet releases.

I especially liked the 2015 Freycinet Riesling, 2014 Freycinet Chardonnay and 2015 Freycinet Pinot Noir.

The former certainly showed the crisp, fragrant lines that have seen newer areas such as several Tasmania regions challenge the preeminence of old favourites from South Australia’s Clare and Eden Valleys, long recognised as benchmarks for the variety in this country.

The pinot is regarded by the team as their flagship wine and really is the epitome of cool-climate pinot — complex, concentrated, absolutely delicious and with many years of cellaring ahead of it.

Freycinet recently acquired a substantial neighbouring plot of mature olive trees and I love the pungent, aromatic oil that they’re turning out from the harvest — absolutely perfect for salads or just soaking fresh, crusty bread in.

And given Claudio’s Italian heritage I was hardly surprised by the excellent coffee which greeted us. Thanks Claudio, for your time and hospitality.

Visit http://www.freycinetvineyard.com.au.

Above: Claudio Radenti in the barrel-storage room at Freycinet Vineyard.

Below: The original vines at Freycinet Vineyard ... now nearly 40 years old.

Images: John Rozentals.