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Our Mornington Peninsula vineyard is in conversion to organic certification. This wine was vinified partly in a ceramic egg.
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A mouth-wateringly delicious Pinot Gris with fine aromas of pears, citrus and white blossom. Loads of fine fruit on the palate – nashi pear, pear and citrus – with traces of dried ginger and honey popping through. Refreshing natural acidity brings it together in a clean and lingering finish. Layers of flavour and freshness beautifully balance each other.
By March, ‘unprecedented’ was already the catchword for 2020, a term that could equally describe the season and vintage. Early spring 2019 was unremarkable – the usual changeable weather on the Mornington Peninsula with overall dry conditions. A short patch of smoke haze from bushfires in New South Wales and Gippsland came early enough that fruit was unaffected. The COVID situation escalated over the closing weeks of the season, posing unique challenges for harvest and vintage operations, which we managed with a few elegant pivots. Unlike many other regions in eastern Australia, the season was quite cool and we had some rain, so that fruit retained great natural acid and the Pinot Gris harvest was naturally low yields of clean fruit with excellent flavour.
Clean, healthy fruit was hand harvested by our team in the cool of the morning and made the short journey to Capella winery, about 2 kms around the corner. It was refrigerated overnight then whole bunch pressed and settled before fermentation in small parcels in stainless steel tank, ceramic egg and older, neutral oak. There was a short maturation period in the same vessels before blending and bottling on site in November.
A maritime region about 50km south-east of Melbourne. It is surrounded by ocean and the climate is moderated year-round, with cooling ocean breezes in summer and relatively mild winters.
Soils vary from the red volcanic earth on the spine of hills running down the centre of the peninsula to grey clay loams on the plains.
A collection of classic varieties grown in the earth that suits them best. Each wine is a reflection of their region.
The labels feature an abstract hand-print illustration designed to evoke the distinct personality of the country from which the wine originates.
This abstract hand is representative of the heart of Australia, the wildness and terroir of the land and its iconic red centre.