The Tasmanian climate suits pinot noir grapes.

Top 12 Tassie wine producers

Huon Hooke Judging from this year's Tasmanian Wine Show, offerings from the south are like liquid gold.


Back in vogue: Maidenii distiller Giles Lapalus uses both traditional and native Australian botanicals in his vermouth.

Vermouth rides a new wave

Leanne Clancey Joining the party in the recent resurgence of aperitif-style drinking, and making a play for this summer's drink du jour, vermouth is proving that it's now good for a whole lot more than just rinsing a martini glass.

Wine of the week

Higher Plane South by Southwest Cabernet Merlot 2011

Huon Hooke This warming, generous cabernet is a much more serious wine than the price suggests.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2013

Huon Hooke A superb chardonnay balancing richness with brisk acidity.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Matilda Bay Fat Yak Pale Ale

Huon Hooke A good session beer that has plenty of character but isn’t too demanding.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Neil Perry's passionfruit bavarois.

Divine desserts

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Replay video

Cooking up a King Island lobster

Chef Ashley Davis from Pure South in Melbourne's Southbank flies to the stunningly beautiful King Island to show us how to prepare and cook the perfect Tasmanian Southern Rock Lobster. (03:30)