With an impressive background in fine wine, Nav Singh and Louise Radman came to Tasmania and established Domaine Simha in 2012. In a few short years the young couple brought new heights to Tasmania’s wine offerings with their avant-garde approach, having hunted down some magical growing sites in the Derwent Valley.
At the heart of each Domaine Simha wine is Tasmania’s pristine environment, sparkling air and ancient soil. Long, sunny days and a cold climate produce graceful styles with the perfume, structure and superb ageing potential that are foundations of exceptional wine. According to Nav and Louise, Tasmania is the ultimate terroir. The couple is convinced there is nowhere else in the world that can match it.
‘The quality and subtlety we strive for can only be achieved naturally in very few places,’ says Nav. ‘Tasmania is Australia’s final frontier and the advantages we have are unparalleled. Making wine here is like standing on the brink of a new world where everything is possible.’
Crafted by hand in micro batches, a limited number of Domaine Simha wines are made each season. Their approach centers on living wine relying on ancient knowledge and intuition. Methods embrace harvesting by lunar cycle on fruit and flower days, whole bunch wild fermentation with traditional foot pigeage, maturation in custom demi-muid oak and clay amphorae with perfect natural balance.
Domaine Simha offers a powerful proposition of authenticity that is highly sought by collectors and sommeliers in top venues across Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore.
You can visit Domaine Simha’s waterfront wine cellar at Brooke Street Pier on Franklin Wharf in Hobart.
SÜD POLAIRE – Antarctic dry Tasmanian gin
The spirit of Süd Polaire was formed by the nature of their environment: an archetypal wilderness of mountain, mist and cloud forest at the edge of the world. It is balanced by pristine Tasmanian rainwater swept across a vast expanse of Southern Ocean from Antarctica – the coldest, driest, windiest place on earth.
Süd Polaire gin is micro batch distilled and bottled by hand in Tasmania. Using only the purest hearts of superbly smooth, triple distilled wine spirit makes this an excellent martini gin. It is vapour infused with 10 organic botanicals including aromatic juniper, fresh hand-cut lemon and grapefruit peel, Southern Ocean kombu, local mountain pepperberries and leaves. Every Süd Polaire is uniquely numbered. Transcendent flavour, glacial cut, bracing Antarctic dry gin.
We love Pocket Concoctions by Süd Polaire. These uber cool bottled cocktails are crafted especially for lovers of fine spirit. They are expertly blended by the master distiller and bottled by hand in Tasmania. Think classic martini, James Bond vesper, gimlet, bennett and negroni, featuring triple distilled Antarctic dry gin. Store in the fridge, shake gently and serve neat or over jumbo ice.
Nav Singh and Louise Radman of Domaine Simha cite food and wine tourism, a relaxed lifestyle and a genuine sense of community as big drawcards in choosing to make their home in Tasmania. Born in Delhi India, Nav mastered the craft of winemaking in Australia and honed his skills in the most prestigious French chateaux. He is a regular on the international wine show judging circuit. Louise is a multi-award-winning wine and marketing consultant, Roseworthy and Len Evans scholar, former journalist, author and show judge. She sits on the brand Tasmania council and national executive board of Sommeliers Australia.
DOMAINE SIMHA – Avant-garde Tasmanian wine
Brooke Street Pier, Hobart
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