Some people come to wine having grown up on a vineyard, or through a special bottle. Kirby Siemering (PhD in Microbiology) came to wine having lead a research team that sequenced the genome of a wine yeast. Despite the qualifications he holds, Kirby’s winemaking is not as technical as you might expect. All his wines display a feel for vineyard and vintage conditions – wild yeast and whole bunch fermentation feature strongly.
A very understated but classy Chardonnay that offers texture, savoury characters and length of flavour. There is a lot of complexity when you let this wine sit in the glass and evolve.
Chardonnay – The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring as can malolactic fermentation.
Mornington Peninsula – One of many stars in Melbourne’s dress circle of vineyards. Varied success depending on terroir and wine maker but the best are outstanding. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay can excel with Riesling, Pinot Gris and Sparkling all capable of impressive wines too.