Mornington peninsula dating
Its local government area is the Shire of Mornington Peninsula.
It is on the south-eastern shores of Port Phillip and offers a bathing beach.
“They truly have elegance and style…I think that the wines coming out of here are smarter than anywhere else,” says Matthew Jukes, who hosted a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir masterclass ahead of the tasting. The nine Chardonnays selected for the masterclass were a mixed bag, and all the better for it, demonstrating a definite sense of terroir – no winery here is more than five miles from the ocean – the wide range of soil-types but also the impact of the winemakers, most of whom follow low intervention winemaking.
Amongst the Chardonnays, the Kooyong 2016 Single Vineyard Farrago was impressive, showing elegance and good acidity with only a light touch of oak, allowing the fruit to show through nicely.
Little wonder then that although Mornington Peninsula isn’t well known beyond Australia (and much of the wines are consumed in the fine restaurants of Melbourne’s trendy suburbs like Carlton, Toorak, South Yarra and Malvern) several wineries have already achieved international acclaim.
These include Paringa Estate, whose Pinots have become world famous, and 10 Minutes By Tractor, so named because when it started operation 20 years ago it comprised three family vineyards that were literally ten minutes tractor journey from one another.
Made from grapes grown on sandy loam, the wine was very different from, say, the Paringa Chardonnay 2015 where the red volcanic clay and older vines helped produce a wine of great flavour and balance.
The only one that doesn’t, Polperro Estate, should find one pretty soon, judging by the purity of fruit in and the concentration of their 2017 Chardonnay and 2017 Pinot.His wine, made from fully de-stemmed grapes grown on sandy loam, showed these characteristics well as did the others.Well worth mentioning here are the Kooyong Single Vineyard Ferrous Pinot Noir – incredibly long and intense, reflecting the very low yield – the Yabby Lake Single Vineyard Pinot which has great complexity and purity of fruit; and the Moorooduc Estate Robinson Vineyard Pinot which showed great cherry fruit and surprising complexity for such a young wine, with savoury notes supporting the tannins.Over the past 20 years however, it has also witnessed an impressive growth in its wine industry which, although dating back to 1886, didn’t really get going until the late 1970s.Mornington Peninsula today benefits from a cool maritime climate and ambitious, clued-in winemakers who want to make the most of what the region has to offer.