Quealy Tussie Mussie Pinot Noir
Current Vintage: 2019
Tussie Mussie's Pinot block is planted to clone 777, or the 'Morey clone' to give it its more romantic nickname. It's a low-yielding cultivar, and Quealy prunes the vine to a single, arched cane, ensuring plenty of light and space around each cluster. These vines are now managed organically with certification to follow in due course.
Matured entirely in old oak, Tussie Mussie is the most open of Quealy's single-site Pinots. The 2019 fermented as whole berries for 14 days and Quealy selected only the free-run for maturation in two-year-old barrels. As a result, only four barrels were produced for this label, with the pressed wine contributing to the Mornington blend. It's a spicy, perfumed Pinot with mulberry, wild strawberry and musk-scented fruit and a pretty, floral 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.