100% Mornington Peninsula grapes,Ppcked early to retain acid levels and harness the delicate flavours that set great sparkling wine apart from the rest. A blend was made of Pinot Noir (70%), Chardonnay (20%), and Pinot Gris (10%). To get the rose tint, a riper parcel of Pinot Noir was crushed and left on skins for 12 hours. This wine spent more than 6 years maturation on lees before being disgorged for us to enjoy. And enjoy it we will. Strawberry and cherry, rose petals are obvious with some toasty/oyster shell autolysis notes. Despite its age, the wine is delicate and pretty with a great perfume. It is perfect for immediate consumption. Pair it with salmon blinis.
Anthony and Pauline Miceli searched for a site in Australia to grow the Burgundian varieties of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It had to be a cool area with suitable slopes, aspect, and soils. They found a lovely site in Main Ridge wine area of the Mornington Peninsula and established a winery and vineyard in 1991. From the wines I’ve tasted, it was an absolute masterstroke. Lovely aromatics run through all the wines which are delicate and subtle. The addition of Pinot Grigio in 1997 was another act of genius as it is one of their best wines.
One of many stars in Melbourne’s dress circle of vineyards. Varied success depending on terroir and winemaker but the best are outstanding. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay can excel with Riesling, Pinot Gris and Sparkling all capable of impressive wines too.
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.
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.
Gris and Grigio are in fact the same variety and both names mean grey in French and Italian respectively. Which is somewhat deceptive because the grapes can be almost blue when ripe. The great wines of Alsace and North-Eastern Italy are often made from this variety. It is being widely adopted around the world too. AKA Grauburgunder.