Sandro Mosele, Winemaker
Is wine an art or a science? For me, it's both. Understanding the science is critical but it's more than that. This is where the art comes in. It's about philosophy, plantings and place. Preserving the purity of the fruit. Celebrating difference. Respecting the land.
I have an Italian heritage, and in Italy, dishes are unique to every village. Wines are no different. And being able to craft high quality wines is every winemaker's dream.
The Port Phillip Estate vineyard was planted in 1987 and acquired by the Gjergja family in 2000. Located in Red Hill, the ten hectare site is planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc, all on northerly and easterly-facing slopes.
The Kooyong vineyard and winery, established in 1996, was acquired by the Gjergja family in 2004. Kooyong is located in Tuerong, towards the northern end of the Mornington Peninsula. The majority of the forty hectare site is planted to Pinot Noir, with a substantial area of Chardonnay and several small sections of Pinot Gris.
In 2007, the twelve hectare Ballewindi vineyard near Balnarring was acquired. This vineyard is planted predominantly to Pinot Noir with a small area of Chardonnay. Ballewindi was established in 1997.
All of the viticulture and winemaking we practise is anchored with a series of, to us, fundamental principles. Every Port Phillip Estate, Kooyong and Ballewindi wine has been made from fruit that has been hand pruned, shoot thinned and hand harvested. Wherever possible, the use of chemicals in the vineyard has been replaced with a mechanical or cultural control method and we believe that continually improving our vine nutrition, vintage by vintage will continue to lessen our reliance on external inputs.
In the winery, all of our wines are wild fermented and a minimum of additions made. Our white wines are bottled without fining, our red wines are bottled without fining or filtration.
All of our wines are made to reflect their site attributes and varieties such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir amplify small differences in soil and aspect into significant differences in wine.