La Petanque is located in Main Ridge at the top of Red Hill. It’s a beautiful
2-acre plot of old-vine, un-irrigated Chardonnay planted in the early 80s. Cool, with deep red volcanic soils that naturally crops extremely low which makes it perfect for Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay.
‘I’m a traditionalist, hands-on winemaker and I like it that way’ says Shaun Crinion. Along his wine journey he has completed a winemaking degree and worked extensively on three continents. This including at Williams Selyem in the Russian River Valley, and Domaine de Montille in Burgundy.
A light-handed approach of minimal intervention and scant addition, focusing on the pure expression of site and fruit is the secret to Shaun’s style. Shaun started his own venture in 2009 ‘with the view to make high quality unadulterated wines from special patches of dirt at realistic prices.’. Macedon, Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah are produced.
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.
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.