Mornington peninsula dating
They include a series of tastings organised by Wine Australia, Liberty Wines’ stand-alone Australian tasting held at Somerset House, and other happenings at which Australian wine features strongly.
To kick off the party though, nine winemakers from the little known region of Mornington Peninsula gathered for what turned out to be a superbly organised masterclass and tasting at Australia House.
These were big, generous savoury wines, with the 2015 almost too much, 15.4% so just a tad more alcohol that you might find in Jura, but for someone like me who likes offbeat unusual wines, just too good to miss, though maybe too flamboyant for purists. “Australia has the world’s second biggest plantings of Savagnin outside the Jura because the cuttings bought in were wrongly believed to be Albariño.
But it works very well, I think,” says Rollo Crittenden. Mornington Peninsula wines aren’t cheap, even in Australia.
“What’s exciting about Mornington Peninsula is that the region has the capacity to let Pinot show in warm and pretty styles…
we’ve tried to show this,” says Mike Aylward, winemaker at Ocean Eight.
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.
All nine were from 2016, a solid year which allowed the fruit to show through.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.Last month in London the Australian Wine body has been going into overdrive with a whole host of imaginative tastings.Two weeks ago the light was being shone on nine winemakers from the lesser-known cool climate region of Mornington Peninsula that is producing some quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay – but which were the standout wines and are they worth the price tag? It’s been almost impossible to cross the road in London this month without bumping into an Australian winemaker.