Quealy Pobblebonk Field Blend
Current Vintage: 2019
Organic. Named after the distinctively voiced frog that inhabits the Balnarring Vineyard during springtime, Quealy's polyphonic calling card was initially inspired by Silvio Jermann's Friulian field blend, Vintage Tunina. Traditionally, Pobblebonk has been a blend of all the white varieties planted at Quealy's home vineyard at Balnarring: Pinot Grigio, Friulano, Chardonnay, Riesling, Moscato Giallo, and Malvasia. 2019's version omits the latter two varieties, which have yet to receive organic certification.
The 2019 'rolling blend' went something like this. Chardonnay got things started, followed by Pinot Grigio, and then, weeks later, Friulano (foot stomped and left on skins overnight) was added to the ferment. Meanwhile the Riesling--picked ripe a full month after the Chardonnay--was tank-fermented and blended during assemblage. The was little wood influence. It's simply a delicious, and deliciously complex white blend with excellent pulpy texture and drive--and so much character that it's really impossible to capture. Ripe stone fruits are shot through with a nutty, almond oil complexity and some lovely vibrant grip to 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.
"... the 2019 Pobblebonk, a blend of chardonnay, pinot grigio, friulano and riesling, has a beautiful creamy flow of flavor." Max Allen, Financial Review: Missing skin contact in a time of social isolation?