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Tasmania | Southern Tasmania | Melukerdee Country

Our Review

While I (James) was given comprehensive information about Paul and Gilli Lipscombe and their vineyard, I am none the wiser about the highly unusual and very catchy name. The story began in '05 when they resigned from their (unspecified) jobs in London, did a vintage in Languedoc and then headed to Margaret River to study oenology and viticulture. They worked in large, small, biodynamic, conventional, minimum- and maximum-intervention vineyards and wineries – Woodlands, Xanadu, Beaux Freres, Chehalem and Mt Difficulty, all household names. By ’10 they were in Tasmania working for Julian Alcorso’s Winemaking Tasmania (now Tasmanian Vintners) and found a derelict vineyard that had never cropped, having been abandoned not long after being planted in ’05. It was in the Huon Valley, precisely where they had aimed to begin – the coolest district in Tasmania. -JAMES HALLIDAY


Winemaker Paul Lipscombe, Gilli Lipscombe
Viticulturalist Paul Lipscombe, Gilli Lipscombe
Traditional Place Name Melukerdee Country
Region Southern Tasmania
Address 102 Armstrong Road, Cardoc, Tas 7109
Established 2010
Dozens 1200
Vineyards (area) 8 ha
Opening Hours By appt
Telephone 0418 471 120