Yabby Lake has been making wine on the Peninsula since the 1990s from two large vineyards, one up at Red Hill and the other in Moorooduc.  The company also has vineyards in Heathcote.  The Mornington Peninsula cellar door only opened this year in the Moorooduc vineyard, very close to the new PenLink road.  It’s a very attractive space, full of light thanks to a wall of full length windows that overlook the vineyard.  The bar is a decent length, able to accommodate a lot of wine tasters at any given time, and unusual and original art works decorate the walls.  Some back vintages are available for sale and are on display in wine bins.  It has a good feel to it – not over stated, relaxed but professional.

Vineyard side of the Yabby Lake cellar door

Food is available, and at reasonable prices.  One time I visited I tried the platter – terrine, bressiola, smoked and cured meats, and then had the cassoulet.  I enjoyed it all.  Main courses are in the AUD$ mid 20s.  There is a kids menu.

The dining area at Yabby Lake.

There are really three ranges of wines.  First is the Red Claw range, all coming in at around AUD$22.50 – Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir Rose, Pinot Noir, and a Heathcote Shiraz.  All of these are sound wines and on the good value side of the line.  Well made, distinctive.

Wines available to taste at Yabby Lake.

The Yabby Lake label moves the prices up considerably.  Pinot Gris at AUD$30, Chardonnay at AUD$45 and then the Pinot Noir at AUD$60.  For me, the best of the whites was the Pinot Gris.  It had excellent balance between fruit and acidity, and was just pleasant to drink.  I didn’t get on so well with the Chardonnay.  I picked up strange oak phenolics and a lot of acidity.

Relax at Yabby Lake.

The third range uses the Yabby Lake label but is a series of single block wines – wines made from single blocks of vines from the vineyard.  All the Pinot Noirs were excellent with hefty price tags – up to AUD$80 a bottle.  Occasionally every Yabby Lake Pinot Noir vintage from 2006 is available, and that is an enlightening experience to taste across all those years.

Wine bins at Yabby Lake.

In summary then this is an excellent addition to the cellar doors on the Mornington Peninsula.  It is definitely worth a visit – good food, and a range of wines that make the tasting experience worthwhile – and no mention of a tasting fee which is encouraging.  The cellar door people – Erin in particular – were most excellent.  Go visit.

S to F – good value

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