Current Vintage: 2021
Vintage may vary during the year. If you are looking for a specific vintage, please get in touch.
Certified organic. 2019 marks the first vintage of this certified organic Pinot Noir, sourced from Quealy's Balnarring vineyard. Specifically, the grapes have come off the 1996 plantings adjoining the Seventeen Rows old vines block.
Tom McCarthy's aim here was to craft a fun-loving, earth-to-glass Pinot for drinking rather than thinking. Hence, there's a strong carbonic element, less time on skins, very little in the way of sulphur additions and, the only oak the wine sees is upwards of five years old. Having said that, this is no simple lightweight Pinot! Rather, it's a vibrant, juicy and lifted wine with a silky palate underscored by a lingering savoury finish and super fine tannins. Classy stuff.
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.
"Kool Keith has some great playtime in my music repertoire, perhaps named for him here. Cherry juice, bright, kirsch, light spice, some balsamic notes, faint mushroomy earthiness, tang, tartness, sheath of lean tannins, cool finish. Does a lot. Tastes like fancy Pinot with a savoury bent. Lively little thing. Do like it." 91 points, Mike Bennie, The Winefront