Quealy Mornington Penninsula Pinot Grigio
Current Vintage: 2019
Sourced from a range of sites chosen to ensure full ripeness at moderate yield, this bottling is confidently modelled on the finest Grigio from Friuli/Collio. Put bluntly, with its juicy, pulpy texture, aromatic finesse and steely spine, this is a wine that's light-years away from Grigio's bland, quaffing stereotype.
In 2019 the source vineyards included Musk Creek, Campbell & Christine and Hickson's Vineyard in Balnarring--all sites managed by the Quealy team. The grapes were whole-bunch pressed very slowly over 12 hours, and no sulphur was used any early stage of the winemaking process. Malolactic fermentation was spontaneous, and there was no stirring of the lees. Quealy wanted to keep as much natural, chiselled freshness as possible, and this complements the wine's silky texture beautifully. Expect a wine laden with guava, magnolia and straw-like notes, a lovely texture and a long, perfumed close.
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.