Highly coveted sparkling winemaker Natalie Fryar knows what it takes to make a great sparkling wine.
And she’s adamant – look no further than right here in Tasmania.
“Tasmania is the most exciting sparkling wine region in the new world,” Ms Fryar said.
“The combination of the cool climate, Tasmania’s northern regions unique geography and the proximity to the Bass Straight means we can capture the purity of Tasmania in a way that is exceptional and world class.”
Ms Fryar who now calls Tasmania home has joined forces with premium winemaker Kreglinger Wine Estates as Sparkling Winemaker.
She’ll be charged with overseeing the sparkling program including the Ninth Island, Pipers Brook and the Kreglinger brands.
“I’m so excited to be working with some of the best sparkling fruit in Australia found right here on the estate at Pipers Brook,” she said.
“It will be my honour and challenge to oversee the sparkling program and from what I’ve experienced already wine lovers are in for a real treat with our upcoming releases.”
There’s been plenty of hype surrounding Tasmanian wine in recent years, and Ms Fryar says this will only continue to grow.
“The rise of the national and international reputation of Tasmanian sparkling wine and the growth in market share for Tasmanian sparkling wine is proof that it matches it with the very best in the world,” Ms Fryar said.
“And it’s not just the critics and sparkling wine advocates who are saying this, it’s what everyday people who really love a beautiful glass of wine are saying.”
So what should wine lovers be looking for from the latest release wines from Kreglinger?
“When it comes to sparkling it should always be refreshing, it should always be elegant, and it should always have a powerful presence of fruit and complexity,” Ms Fryar said.
“That’s what you’ll be getting from the Kreglinger brands.”
Kreglinger Wine Estates CEO John Hosken said there were exciting times ahead.
“When it comes to winemakers, few come better credentialed than Natalie Fryar and we are thrilled she has joined the Kreglinger Wine Estates team,” Mr Hosken said.
“Natalie’s appointment coincides with recent investment in our vineyards quality program lead by well-known viticulturist Ray Guerin.”
“We’re confident that the vineyard program and Natalie’s appointment will have an immediate and long-lasting impact on our wines and we are looking forward to showcasing our portfolio with our customers and consumers.”