Quealy Campbell and Christine Pinot Noir
Current Vintage: 2018
With Musk Creek and Tussie Mussie, Campbell & Christine completes the trio of Quealy's premier league, leased Mornington vineyards. This site was established by Doctors Campbell and Christine Penfold in 1994, taking advantage of the premium clones that became available around the same time--114 and 115--as well as MV6. Located on the coastal plain, it sits at a very low, 30 metres of elevation behind the Balnarring village, on an exposed site with alluvial clay and red soils washed down from Red Hill. It's a site that, as Tom McCarthy tells us, produces "gorgeous, small bunches of glossy Pinot Noir".
Cropped at less than two tonnes to the acre, only the free-run juice from the fermentation was settled and racked into 500-litre puncheons (roughly a quarter new). Unusually for this producer, McCarthy used a portion of whole-bunch this year--some 40% across two ferments--bringing extension and shape to the palate and adding some spice to Campbell & Christine's typical fleshy, ripe strawberry fruit and forest floor hints. A super seductive, layered and wildly perfumed Pinot.
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.