Byrne Sutherlands Creek Pinot Noir
Current Vintage: 2017
Alex Byrne is a young winemaker with experience in Burgundy, South America and Australia, most recently as a winemaker at Lethbridge in Geelong.
Having made wine under his eponymous Byrne Wines label since 2011 while also working as assistant winemaker at Lethbridge, 2015 saw Alex step out on his own to focus on his myriad of personal winemaking projects. With a focus on single vineyard wines from Ballarat, and now Sunbury in Victoria, Byrne Wines produce elegant and complex Chardonnay and Pinot, which highlight the quality of their origins, and the talents of the winemaker.
Although not yet a weighty name in the Australian wine scene, the Moorabool Valley is a diamond in the rough. Passionate boutique winemakers produce some absolutely brilliant wine out here, and the region is especially suited to cool climate pinot noir with its proximity to the ocean and volcanic soils.
The Moorabool Valley is a sub-region of the better known Geelong Wine Region, just an hour out of Melbourne, the climate facilitates some mellow wines that somehow still pack a delicious fruity punch.