The Vintner Out & About
The words ‘cool-climate’ and ‘Australia’ are rarely seen together, particularly when it comes to their most famous vinous exports. Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra - these are all regions that produce bold, bruising wines: juicy, ripe and powerful - they can be awe-inspiring when at their best.
Mornington Peninsula however, bucks the trend. This peninsula, that protrudes into the Bass Strait two hours east of Melbourne, must be the highest regarded location for cool-climate grape growing in Australia.
Remembering back to late September and early October last year I was getting photos sent to me on a daily basis by some of our Bordeaux producers. They were in a very happy place and couldn't wait to show me vine after vine bowing with fully ripened grapes hanging off the vine prior to harvest.
Never had they seemed so excited by their crop with a very dry, disease-free ripening season. Ever since that moment the quietly satisfied murmurings of winemakers in the vineyard grew to further excitement in the winery before spreading to the courtiers and negotiants in Bordeaux and before you know it, it is a cacophony of hype as another stellar vintage from Bordeaux is about to be released into the market.