2020 Stargazer "Rada" Coal River Valley, Tasmania, Australia

A vibrant lifted nose of cranberries, struck match, violets, and poached rhubarb with a fresh, crunchy palate and modest soft tannins. Translucent red fruits are the hallmark of this wine, supported by savory, spicy notes and fresh cherry pip acidity.



The Pinot Meunier is sourced from a single vineyard in the Piper’s Brook region of northeast Tasmania, planted on red Ferrosol soils. The Pinot Noir comes from a north-facing Coal River Valley vineyard (in the Tea Tree subzone), on the south side of the island, planted to various clones on dark clay and dolerite, as well as a vineyard just outside of Richmond. All vineyards are members of VinZero, a Tasmanian sustainability charter.

The Pinot Meunier was harvested on April 22, at 12° baumé while the Pinot Noir components were harvested on April 27, both at 13.5 ° baumé. All fruit was destemmed and the parcels were fermented separately. Cold-soaked for three days prior to a 7-day wild-ferment. The wine was then basket pressed and racked off gross lees into older François Frères and Ermitage oak puncheons, spending 5 months in barrel on fine lees.


Samantha Connew (Sam to her friends) grew up on the South Island of New Zealand, and put herself through school working at a wine bar. Sam was bitten by the wine bug, and ended up travelling the world, working vintages in Oregon, Italy, Spain, and Australia. She landed in Australia, spending ten years as the senior winemaker at Wirra Wirra in McLaren Vale before putting down roots and starting her own winery
in the Coal River Valley of Tasmania.

The name “Stargazer” pays tribute to Abel Tasman, who as an explorer and navigator, must have spent a fair amount of time gazing towards the heavens. Tasman, a Dutchman under the employ of the United East India Company was the first European to sight Tasmania (on November 24 1642) and then the South Island of New Zealand, 19 days later on December 13. He is the natural link for Sam, connecting her
original home of South Island New Zealand to her current home of Tasmania.

Located in the Tea Tree subregion at the northern end of the Coal River Valley, Sam’s original vineyard was planted by Norm and Jan Gangell in 2004. Pretty much half and half riesling and pinot noir, the eleven hectare property is also home to an olive grove (which produces some killer olive oil!). Sam took over the property in 2016 and in late 2017 expanded the vineyard to include an additional two hectares of vines: more pinot noir (four clones), some chardonnay (another four clones) and more riesling. She also farms a bit of Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Meunier to keep things interesting. She believes fundamentally in sustainable farming and is excited about leaving her bit of dirt better than she found it.


Grape(s) Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
Farming Traditional