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Current Vintage: 2019

Vintage may vary during the year. If you are looking for a specific vintage, please get in touch.

This is named after the aromatic compounds stored in the skins of Moscato Giallo. The 2019 is a blend of Friulano (45%), Riesling (26%), Moscato Giallo (19%) and Malvasia Istriana (7%), all from Quealy's Balnarring home block. The grapes were added to a rolling ferment (as they were harvested) to open-top amphorae, and the wine spent six months on skins. It was then basket-pressed, roughly settled and allowed to mature in old French puncheons before being bottled 12 months later. Like the Turbul Friulano a little sulphur was added at pressing before a small adjustment at bottling.

A winemaking tour de force, the first thing you notice is just how clear and bright the wine is. One whiff and you're instantly transported to the great blended white wines of Friuli Venezia Giulia. Expect a complex melange of dried apricots and orange peel together with some fresh herbs and spice. The palate is dry, gently grippy (no one would ever guess how long this spent on skins), gorgeously energetic and long.

Region

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.


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