Our aim is to produce wines of the very highest quality that express the unique terroir of our site. Great wines are made in the vineyard, and to this aim we develop the character of our wines in the vineyard and then allow these to shine through during the wine making process.
All Cape Bernier grapes are hand reared and handpicked at harvest to ensure the best interpretation of the terroir comes through in the highest quality wines.
Cape Bernier’s Pinot Noir has extensive leaf plucking done during the ripening season to expose the beautiful fruit to as much sun as possible. This explains the full body and silky tannins, plus the beautiful ripe berry fruit flavours of our wine that balance the natural acidity, while the cool climate adds spice.
Conversely, we prefer Cape Bernier’s Chardonnay grapes to be shaded so that the fruit shows more beautiful lean citrus acidity in conjunction with white-peach and honey notes.
Pinot Gris loves Cape Bernier’s terrior. We simply monitor the vines’ canopy and crop levels to ensure the fruit ripens fully. This provides the apple, pear and honey characters balanced by soft citrus acidity.
The cooling sea breezes of our southern location on Tasmania’s East Coast are perfect for sparkling wines, as our average temperatures through the growing season are very similar to those of the Champagne region of France, but our extended season in the warmer vintages enables us to slowly ripen our fruit for table wines. This gives our Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris depth and complexity of flavours. Conversely, in the leaner vintages we can pick earlier and have lean fruit with higher levels of acidity which are perfect for creating our limited release vintage sparkling wines.
Cape Bernier “La Frontiere” Cuvee Brut Rose 2011
The cooling sea breezes of our southern location on Tasmania’s East Coast are perfect for sparkling wines, with average temperatures through the growing season very similar to those of Champagne.
Cape Bernier Pinot Gris 2015
This well-balanced wine displays intense fruit characters from our very cool site. Pear, honeysuckle and tropical fruit flavours emerge from the supple palate. Unlike other Pinot Gris wines from Australia, the Cape Bernier 2013 has been produced from slowly ripened grapes which lends delicacy and complexity to the flavour profile.
Cape Bernier Pinot Noir 2013
This elegant, balanced wine has been open vat fermented with wild yeasts and matured for nine months in French oak puncheons. It presents a range of fruit characters, complemented by fine tannins.
Cape Bernier Pinot Rosé 2015
A crisp summer wine with a refreshing dry palate made from Pinot Noir grapes showing strawberry and raspberry, complemented by texture, balance and length. Buy Pinot Rosé wines to enjoy with light and delicate salads, pasta and rice dishes, as well as fresh seafood or soft white cheeses.
Cape Bernier Cabernet Merlot 2012
A full-bodied cool climate wine in a ‘new world’ fruit-driven style. It shows intense mulberry, black cherry and plum fruit characters complemented by savoury, soft tannins.
Cape Bernier Chardonnay 2012
Wild yeast barrel-fermented in multi-age French puncheons, 9 months in barrel, 100% mlf, due for release Sept ’14. The mlf is a masterstroke, giving the wine great texture and mouthfeel, the pH still low, the total acidity perfect; pink grapefruit and white nectarine still rule the roost over the oak.
Premium Cool Climate Wines of Tasmania, Australia
Cape Bernier is beautiful vineyard on Tasmania’s east coast near Marion Bay, delivering an exciting select range of sparkling, white and Tasmanian Pinot Noir which epitomise the characteristics found only in grapes grown in our corner of the world. The cool coastal climate and elevation allow for pristine mild growing conditions and a slow smooth ripening period during the autumn.
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