Region: Tamar Valley
Waterton Hall is situated on the west bank of the Tamar River. It was originally built in the 1850s as a simple blue stone farmhouse, but was renovated extensively by neo-gothic architect Alexander North in 1910. Between 1949 and 1996 it was owned by the Catholic Church and operated variously as a girl's school, boy's home and retreat. In 1961 a second building was opened as a local school.
Vines were planted on the property in the late 1990s. Current owners Jennifer Baird and Peter Cameron puchased the property in 2002. They plan to establish a restaurant, accommodation and function facilities on the property, making use of the existing buildings.
Two varieties are planted in the vineyard: one hectare of Riesling and one hectare of Shiraz.
Review of the Waterton Shiraz 2012. Medium red colour with density and a purple haze at the rim. Beautiful perfumed nose of red fruits, spice, pepper & earthiness; one could be fooled into thinking Pinot Noir here! The palate is mid-weight but with a depth and density of thise spicy red fruit flavours. Nice in the mouth, well balanced and soft tannins give an overall textural feel to the lingering finish. It is easy to see how this micro-climate area of Deviot & Rowella will carry shiraz to new heights in Australia. Wonderful wine. 96/100 with better to come over the next 3-5 years.
by Geoff - Bardon
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