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2012 Brut

Gourmet Traveller Wine’s Score: 92

“This lively aperitif style has a light, bright yellow hue and a typical blanc de blanc bouquet of straw and egg custard. It’s crisp and refined in the mouth with focus, intensity and persistence, finishing with lip-smacking dryness and energising acidity.”

The hand harvested Chardonnay was whole bunch pressed with minimal rotations to maintain the delicacy of the structure, the juice was clarified then fermented to dryness in stainless steel tank. The base wine was tiraged in August 2012, and the wine remained on lees in bottle until November 2015. It was disgorged and a small dosage added for balance.


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2015 Sauvignon Blanc

James Halliday’s score: 95
“Whole bunch-pressed directly to used oak for fermentation, lees contact and stirring, bottled August. A thoroughly impressive and powerful sauvignon in the style of the late Didier Dageneau (Loire Valley, France). Its flavour spectrum is on the savoury side, oak imparting texture and not subverting the complex and intense mix of herb and blackcurrant (yes!) flavours. “

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2016 Pinot Gris

James Halliday’s score: 91

“Whole bunch-pressed directly to used oak for fermentation, lees contact and stirring, bottled August. There are no ifs or buts about it, this has far more intensity and length than most gris…”

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2015 Chardonnay

James Halliday’s score: 95
“Estate-grown, hand-picked 7 and 13 March, barrel-fermented in French oak (20% new), bottled 15 February. Tiny berries gave rise to a derisory 1t/ha (less than half a tonne per acre) crop, hence the intensity of this wine; grapefruit leads the way, white peach and nutty notes also in close attendance. The cost of production must have been greater than the price of the wine.”

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2014 Pinot Noir

James Halliday's score: 96
“Intense, clear purple-crimson; the evocative bouquet has blanched black cherry and cherry pip aromas, the palate delivering in spades all the promise of the bouquet; it has great length, line and balance, the dark cherry flavours coating the mouth, yet doing so without effort (or extraction).” Included in the 2016 Wine Companion’s ‘best of the best’ list.

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2013 O’Leary Block Pinot Noir

James Halliday’s score: 96

“The first time this block has been bottled (ie not blended), and it’s not hard to see why. The fragrant cherry blossom bouquet heralds the red fruits of the elegant, but intense, palate, with nuances of forest floor providing the framework for the long, lingering finish.”

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2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

This charismatic cool climate cabernet smells evocatively of crème de cassis, cedar and chocolate, and is distinguished by a lean body that highlights the elegance of this noble grape.  With flavours of blackcurrant, savoury dried herb and aniseed, and gentle tannins, this refined wine is a delight.  Cellaring will be rewarded.

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2014 Malakoff Vineyard Shiraz

James Halliday’s score: 95

“Gorgeous shiraz. Textural, smoky, complex and plain delicious. Blackberries and plums, graphite and cloves. Fine, elegant stitches of tannin. Everything in complete harmony. Take a bow.”

Winsor Dobbin review:

“If shirazes tasted as good as this then I’d drink a lot more shiraz,” said my wife after this trumped a bracket of several more expensive shirazes in a recent tasting. Made by Mornington peninsula winemaker Geraldine McFaul from fruit grown in the cool Pyrenees region of Victoria, it is a wine of remarkable quality for the price; terrific fruit, quality oak and great structure with just a hint of minerally tannins. Beautifully balanced and structured. I could drink quite a lot of this.”

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166 Balnarring Road

Merricks North 3926, Victoria

03 5931 2502
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