Saltwater River

Saltwater River Vineyard

Located on the Tasman peninsula, south-east of Hobart is the small convict out-post of Saltwater River. Ian and Anne Hoyle are the current custodians of the property, farming sheep for wool and meat for 25 years they turned to viticulture in 2013. I was fortunate to form a partnership with the Hoyles in 2018, becoming their winemaker and also purchasing the majority of fruit for Small Island.

The vineyard is majority Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with small plantings of Gamay and Pinot Gris. The vineyard, although beautiful is exposed to harsh winds, limited water and cold southerly blasts. The low yields and heartbreaking weather should crush even the hardiest of vignerons but lucky for us the Hoyles have persisted

The quality of wine that comes from this vineyard is absolutely astounding. This is by far the most exciting fruit I get to work with and I have no doubt this will become regarded as one of the top vineyards in Australia.