Relbia Estate is an Tasmanian wine brand developed personally by Dean Cocker, the Managing Director of Josef Chromy Wines and grandson of industry icon Josef Chromy.
Dean has teamed up with winemaker Ockie Myburgh to produce a traditional range of barrel aged wines (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), and unwooded aromatics at affordable pricing, which is a major challenge in Tasmania’s cool climate.
Tell us about your winemaker, Ockie Myburgh.
Ockie completed a Bachelor of Viticulture & Winemaking at the University of Western Sydney and a Higher Certificate in Agriculture at Elsenburg Agricultural College in South Africa. He has always had a passion for cool climate wines, so when Ockie was offered the position of Assistant Winemaker at Bay of Fires in 2008, he jumped at the chance. Ockie is passionate about his job and strives to create wines of exceptional quality with fruit sourced from the Josef Chromy & Relbia Estate vineyards. Hailing from South Africa, Ockie is a passionate winemaker with a diverse background that spans Tasmania (Bay of Fires & Josef Chromy Wines), the Claire Valley (Leasingham Wines), Mosel (Germany - ZGM), the Hunter Valley (First Creek Wines) and Mudgee (Simon Gilbert Wines). Ockie also has a wicked golf handicap and loves trout fishing on the highand lakes.
What awards has the Relbia Estate Methode Traditionelle Sparkling won?
Since 2012, the Relbia Estate Methode Traditionelle Sparkling has been awarded 5 Gold medals, 3 silver medals, 5 bronze medals and 1 trophy. At the 2012 Cowra Wine Show, it won a Gold Medal as well as the Mulyan Trophy for Best Bottle Fermented Sparkling Wine of Show.
Did you know...
Relbia Estate sources fruit from the southern end of the Tamar Valley, ten kilometres south of historic Launceston, Tasmania.