Yabby Lake has bought a vineyard in Campania, Tasmania, in the heart of the Coal River Valley.
The 12-hectare property has an established vineyard on the site with more than five hectares of productive vineyard (80 percent Pinot Noir, 20 percent Chardonnay) and four hectares prepared for planting.
Yabby Lake general manager and chief winemaker Tom Carson says the purchase is a strategic long-term investment in Tasmania, and in the potential of Pinot Noir in that state.
“For Yabby Lake it expands our Pinot Noir footprint and extends our commitment as Pinot Noir specialists here in Australia,” he says.
“We envisage a new brand will be created to bring to life our Tasmanian journey, and tell the story of this special site.”
The fruit from the 2023 harvest will be transported to Yabby Lake for winemaking.
“The Coal River is home to a number of top-rated Australian wineries, and the region is renowned for producing wonderfully deep and flavourful Pinot Noirs,” Tom says.
Robert and Mem Kirby established Yabby Lake Vineyard in Tuerong on the Mornington Peninsula in 1998, having purchased their first vineyard in Red Hill in 1992.
In 1999, Heathcote Estate was planted on the ancient 500 million-year-old Cambrian soils in Heathcoate.
Tom Carson has been at the helm of the two vineyards since 2008.
Winemakers Chris Forge and Luke Lomax have both been with Yabby Lake and Heathcote Estate since the early 20002.