Abel's Tempest

Abel's Tempest

Abel's tempest Tasmania by Heemskerk is founded through the violent tempests that rage around the coast of Tasmania, which is where Dutchman Abel Tasman navigated his flagship, the Heemskerk, finally sighting the island’s west coast in 1642. Many of Tasman’s attempts to make landfall were thwarted by these huge winds which, while frustrating Tasman, are integral to creating the cool climate in which Tasmania’s vineyards thrive.

The original Heemskerk vineyard was developed by Graham Wiltshire in 1975 with partners Bill Fesq, a Sydney wine merchant and Colin Haselgrove from Reynella Wines. The trio recognised the potential of the Tasmanian wine industry early in the piece.

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