If individuality is the key to success, Tambo Wines in East Gippsland is onto a winner. Run by Bill and Pam Williams, this vineyard has been in operation since 1994, happily situated on the foothills of the Victorian Alps on the inland side of Gippsland Lakes.
“Concentration, complexity and balance are the keys to a good drop ”
Before Bill and Pam started their business, they took time and care to find their perfect property. The writing of renowned agricultural scientist Dr John Gladstone became a big influence. Gladstone’s requirements for excellence in winemaking, detailed in his book Viticulture and Environment, formed the guidelines for Bill and Pam’s decision. When they saw Tambo Estate, Bill and Pam knew they had found their ideal slice of land. The uniqueness of this property lies in its north-facing slopes, which are partially sheltered by natural growth. These characteristics, combined with low-fertility soil, produce the intense and complex fruit flavours that permeate Tambo wine
Tambo Estate produces Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay in white wine, and Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon in red. Produce is limited to around 1300 dozen bottles per season, which gives these blends an air of exclusivity.
These characterful wines are sold through Tambo Estate Cellar Door, open most days between 11am and 5pm, as well as local bottle shops, restaurants and hotels. Stock is shipped to selected outlets in Sydney and Melbourne, but customers can order wine direct from Tambo, either by phone or email. According to Bill and Pam, fruit concentration, complexity and balance are the keys to a good drop, and a great wine holds a sense of the vineyard in which it was produced.
EGiven that Tambo Wines was the first East Gippsland wine to receive 5 stars from critic James Halliday, it would seem the essence of Tambo Estate is very much alive in its wines.