Have I mentioned that the Mornington Peninsula is a pretty good place to live?  Yes, loads of times.  I am able to move seamlessly between an early morning ocean dip with dolphins, to fresh breakfast croissants, to shopping at Mornington, to lunch over looking Port Phillip Bay, a little afternoon wine tasting, another ocean dip to freshen up before dinner at any number of restaurants.

And although I want to keep this all to myself, I should let you know that some visitor association or other is desperate to tell you you could do a similar thing.  Have a look at this web site from Wine Food Farmgate.  Most of the big commercial cellar doors are taking part – but alas not many of the smaller, perhaps more intriguing ones.

For those of you who are serious about Pinot Noir – and only for you – the Peninsula scored a major triumph in that Yabby Lake picked up the 2013 Jimmy Watson trophy, the first ever for a Pinot Noir.  Read the Decanter, or the Guardian.  It’s a fantastic result for Yabby Lake – their 2012 Block 1 Pinot Noir.  It’s available for tasting at the cellar door – I tried it recently while in the very capable hands of Erin.  And there is still some for sale.

The dining area at Yabby Lake.

The dining area at Yabby Lake.

I know from hard experience that making good wine takes great effort, and making great wine is an act of faith, luck, love and endeavour.  Peninsula wines are not all good by any means – some people think a little too “lifestyle” rather than “wine style” – but well done Yabby Lake.  Since it opened, always a really good cellar door, and now creating great wines.  How long before a Langton’s List entry?

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