Current Vintage: NV
Quealy's frothy, aromatic pét-nat uses Moscato Bianco grown by Joe Vaughan at his Merricks North 100 Hunts Vineyard. Harvested at full ripeness, the must was allowed to naturally hyper-oxidise when pressed, a process Quealy believes brings more aromatic complexity to Moscato. Before primary fermentation was complete, the wine was put to bottle with 25 g/L residual, to finish its fermentation naturally without any yeast or sugar addition.
This is a delicious and complex wine that opens fresh and clean with highly aromatic notes of white flowers and wisteria. The palate is racy and powdery with a heady, Muscat-typical mix of rosewater, orange and peach blossom characters as well as a hint of nutty, amoretti biscuit on the finish. Excellent!
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.