Quealy Musk Creek Pinot Noir
Current Vintage: 2018
Perched atop Main Ridge overlooking Westernport Bay and the heads, Musk Creek is considerably cooler, and hence a later ripening site than Tussie Mussie. As such, it's a marginal sight to ripen Pinot and, in most years, the vines can only fully ripen when yields are kept low and plenty of work is undertaken with the canopy.
As with the majority of the Pinots here, no stems were employed, and Tom McCarthy did not sulphur the juice until pressing, trusting the "biology of the vineyard to leave its mark". The juice spent four weeks on skins and, again, only the free-run wine was sent to barrel (in this case to François Frères, 25% new, with the remainder one to three years old). Bottled unfiltered, Musk Creek is the prettiest of the Estate's Pinot Noirs; look out for those delicate red fruits, some blonde tobacco, a bright, lifted palate and fine-spun tannins on the finish.
It is not really summer in Melbourne until you’ve packed up the car and crammed every living friend and relative into the car for a day/weekend trip to the Mornington Peninsula. On the tail end of the Eastern Bay of Melbourne, you can expect to find a dynamic range of beach side living. From the low key, sleepy beach towns to bustling coastal communities - packed with arriviste private schools, cafes, boutiques, competitive polo and some of the most expensive strips of holiday home real estate serving some of the richest people in the nation. You might even catch a glimpse of Lindsay Fox landing his helicopter on his Portsea front beach mansion.
Unlike the pretences of its holiday makers, the region packs a punch now that wine making has returned to favour in the area after a period of decline. You can expect to find high quality, cool climate wines that deliver fresh, smooth mouthfeel and a sense of wanting more. We can’t get enough of summer in the peninsula, and the cracka’ selection of winemakers are a perfect pairing.
"Quite ethereal, breezing through with a cherry glaze, bitter herbs and a dusting of spice. It's lighter-framed but it just is so satisfying. Supple tannins, refreshing acidity and a pleasure to drink." 94 points, Jane Faulkner, Winecompanion.com.au