Quealy Musk Creek Pinot Gris
Current Vintage: 2019
Perched atop Main Ridge overlooking Westernport Bay and the heads, the Musk Creek vineyard grows both Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. Where Tussie Mussie enjoys a warmer, more sheltered location, Musk Creek is much cooler and ripens late. It's perched at 180-210 metres altitude, where the persistent, cooling breeze from Bass Strait ensures the fruit stays fresh.
Planted in 1994, the site produces bunches of tiny, pink berries and excellent acidity. The result is a deeper, more complex, mineral and spicy Gris than the one produced from Tussie Mussie. While Quealy's two single-vineyard Gris hail from very different sites, the winemaking is almost identical. Almost. Here there is no French oak, with Quealy adding a little pressing wine to the free-run for structure and grip.
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.
"Texture sets this apart from its grigio sibling. It's also full of lemon balm, grapefruit pith and slightly crunchy pears laced with pepper and freshly cut herbs." 95 points, Jane Faulkner, Winecompanion.com.au