Awards & Reviews

November 17 2013
Launceston Sunday Examiner
Made from grapes grown at Mt Rumney, just down the road from Hobart Airport, this is delicately pale pink in colour and very crisp, clean on the palate in the taught, bright grigio style. It is very fresh and lively with pear and apple flavours to the fore, some attractive bright acid and just a hint of gewurz-style spice... it is both focused and fun! 
Winsor Dobbin - Wine Critic

July/August 2013
Winestate Magazine
Cabernet Sauvignon & Blends article
In this article 338 wines were tasted with 214 being awarded. Of the 214,  Observatory Hill Cabernet/Merlot 2009 was the only Tasmanian cabernet or cabernet blend to receive an award. In the Cabernet/Merlot $20 - $30 section Observatory Hill Cabernet/Merlot received a three star rating. “A good food wine – elegant, floral and very savoury, with a tight palate structure.”

April 3, 2013
The Mercury: 'Food & Wine' Graeme Phillips
Observatory Hill 2012 Pinot Grigio
“Pear, bananas and orange zest on the nose, more nutty and minerally in the mouth with a relatively high alcohol .... providing an attractively textured mouthfeel, good depth and persistence.”

February 21, 2013
The Mercury: 'Food & Wine' Graeme Phillips
Observatory Hill 2011 Chardonnay
“Melon and citrus flavours, nicely weighted and textured with subtle oak and a fresh, flavoursome finish.”

October 24, 2012
The Mercury: 'Food & Wine' Graeme Phillips
Observatory Hill 2011 Chardonnay
“Fresh peach and honey aromas with citrus, melon and lychee flavours on the creamy and perfectly balanced palate.”

October/November 2011
Article: Tassie Pinots
This article featured a tasting of Tasmanian Pinot Noir, reviewed by Huon Hooke, Peter Bourne, Peter Forrestal, Sophie Otton and Nick Bulleid. Observatory Hill’s 2010 Pinot was rated in the top 20 Pinots in the State, gaining 90 points and 4 stars.  “Otton gave it top marks: ‘Quite ripe but with lovely characters interwoven. It’s plush, with purple fruits and other fragrances – violet, lavender and olive. Some savoury hints like cloves.”

February 20, 2011
Sunday Examiner – WINSOR DOBBIN
Observatory Hill Pinot Grigio 2010
Fresh and fruity; lively and zingy and downright gluggable, this won’t win any prizes for complexity but it is a very pretty white wine for enjoying on a warm summer evening. You’ll find fresh apple/rose blossom notes on the nose, tropical fruit salad and guava flavours on the palate and crispness on the very clean finish. Cool-climate pinot grigio, in this case from Mt Rumney outside Hobart is often more fun and approachable that those from warmer climes. That’s certainly true here.

August 7, 2011
Sunday Tasmanian – Sunday Taste – GRAEME PHILLIPS
Observatory Hill Tasmania Vintner’s Reserve Riesling 2008
Rating: Excellent 
Still pale green-gold colour with some delicious developed characters showing on the nose and the waxy honeycomb and cumquat marmalade-like flavours on the palate, all nicely intense and beautifully balanced, still with a few years left to go.

March, 2011
Wine Punters
Observatory Hill Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2008
Since it is so hard to produce a consistently good cabernet in Tasmania, well until global warming really kicks in, we love it when we find another potential candidate. The fine folk at Observatory Hill gave us a bottle of their 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot and it's a beauty. This is one very smooth wine. It's rich but balanced flavour means you experience both the cabernet, minus the sour grassy aftertaste, and the 'mellow' merlot. Definitely one for drinking on its own.

 

 

History of Observatory Hill Wines

Our wines reflect the best features of true, cool climate viticulture: emphasising the delicate fruit and capturing the unique terroir of the region.

With the first vintage produced in 1994, Observatory Hill has gained a reputation for boutique, hand crafted, medal winning wines of consistently high quality.