Always look up at the stars and not down at your feet
It’s hard to decide what we enjoy most about Stargazer – the wines themselves, being incredible varietal expressions of small batch, honest wines from Tasmania, or the woman behind them – Samantha Connew, an exemplary figure for Australian winemaking. Perhaps we’ll draw this one a tie, which says just how good the Stargazer wines actually are.
WINEMAKER: Samantha Connew
Handcrafted Tasmanian Perfection
Samantha Connew’s move to Tasmania to dedicate herself to Stargazer saw her buy a vineyard in the Tea Tree subregion at the northern end of the Coal River Valley. She has subsequently expanded the vineyard, predominantly pinot noir, riesling and chardonnay. Given her work and research on clones, it’s no surprise that this is a focus of her work in stargazer, planting multiple clones of the same variety in the vineyard, understanding their nuances and how the DNA of the plant can impact the resulting wine. Samantha’s goal is to soon be totally estate grown once she reaches five hectares total.
The inspiration for Stargazer is Abel Tasman, the Dutch explorer and navigator who was the first European to sight Tasmania and the South Island of New Zealand. As both a South Islander, and now Tasmanian, the link is self-explanatory, but shows how much of Samantha Connew is personally invested in Stargazer. Her philosophy in the vineyard is to try and leave the land in better condition than what she found it in – no easy feat for any farming practice. Thus, through her experience and research, Samantha is applying her expertise to treat the land with respect and craft the wines by hand, using wild ferments to create soft, gentle and expressive wines.