Balnarring is the home to this vineyard that covers 8.5 acres in three distinctly different plots, all of which are devoted to the noble Pinot Noir vine. First planted in 1998 and refined over the seasons to a point where they wine making is almost identical for each plot, only the viticulture changes to suit the requirements of each site.
The Hommage vineyard is North-east facing. It is a warm but sheltered little vineyard of 2 acres. It makes a ripe and dense Pinot compared to the other sites and the one I believe will be the most impressive with time in the cellar.
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.
Pinot Noir – This is the most elusive grape. It is relatively early ripening and extremely sensitive to terroir. Its perfect place on earth is the Cote d’Or in Burgundy. So haunting are great red Burgundy’s charms that growers everywhere try to emulate them. Pinot Noir is not just a one trick pony, it can make great reds, rosé, sparkling and even sweet wines, whites on occasion and I’ve tasted a decent fortified Pinot Noir too.