Now in its seventh year, this wine represents the exploration of our second site, located in Balnarring. This vineyard, planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, was acquired in 2007 but originally established in 1997. The original plantings comprise two distinct areas of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. A third area has been planted to Pinot Noir, exploiting the higher-density planting matrix found throughout the Pinot Noir growing regions of the Old World.
This wine was fermented in a combination of large-format wooden foudre and stainless-steel tanks. The ferment, with a portion of whole bunches, commenced spontaneously with ambient yeasts and lasted 18 days. Following fermentation, the wine was pressed and racked into French oak barriques (of which 20% were new) and underwent indigenous malolactic fermentation. The wine was racked only for bottling, with a total maturation period of 11 months. It was then bottled without fining and with minimal filtration.
Aromas of black cherry juice and fresh raspberry combine with a sappy, faintly herbal note. The palate delivers more black cherry, this time with boysenberry and cranberry, providing a softness to the mid-palate. The long and detailed palate is tied together with dusty, fine grained tannin. The wine shows good mid-term ageing potential.
The Wine Front, April 2019
Port Phillip Estate doesn’t get it wrong very often. This 2018 release from the Balnarring sub-region of the Mornington Peninsula is another victory for the label. It’s tangy and tart with excellent complexity but most of all: drinkability. It slips down easily and well. Sweet beetroot, earth, red cherries and dry, woodsy spice notes. Plenty going on, long lines of flavour, disciplined tannin and a burst of something extra through the finish.
The Port Phillip Estate ‘Balnarring’ vineyard is located on the Mornington Peninsula at Balnarring, on Miocene sedimentary soils. Our wines are made from domain grown, handpicked grapes and aim to manifest terroir: the integration of our geology and soils with the macroclimate of our region, the mesoclimates of the various sites within our vineyard and the weather of the annual grape growing season. Our cultural operations in the vineyard and practices in the winery endeavour to articulate these unique characteristics diligently, respectfully and without artifice.