Red Ridge is a Mornington Peninsula grown Pinot Noir with Burgundian flavours giving you the best of both worlds. Enjoy those classically savoury mineral/earth characters while supporting local small businesses. But it gets better; most wines in Australia could use another six – twelve months in bottle after release. But this one comes to you at 6 years of age already. Therefore you are buying a wine that is in the prime of its life but only paying for the equivalent of a current release wine.
The seed for Red Ridge was planted in the late 1970s whilst winemaker and owner Ian Thomson was visiting small wineries around Australia. After 18 months of searching for the perfect site for a vineyard a property with 2200 apple trees was purchased. Some of the trees were removed and the vineyard was planted in 1988. More than half the vineyard was planted to Pinot Noir, with Chardonnay, Shiraz and Merlot making up the balance.
Ready to go, you can open and pour straight away. Keep it 14-18 degrees. The warmer end will yield more fruit, the cooler will give you more acid and structure.
The acid has power to cut through so I’d think pizza, charcuterie, Abondance cheese.
One of many stars in Melbourne’s dress circle of vineyards. Due to there being a lot of hobby vineyards there is a varied success depending on terroir and the owners commitment. But the best wines of the Mornington Peninsula are some of the best in Australia.
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the most successful with Sparkling wine also able to excel. Riesling and Pinot Gris are capable of making impressive whites. While Shiraz has a good home down there too.
There are almost too many to name. But I would single out Main Ridge Estate as being one of my favourite wineries in the whole world. Kooying & Port Phillip make amazing wines, Scorpo, and Merricks Estate all stand out in my mind.
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.