It’s probably the worst kept secret in wine circles on the Mornington Peninsula – Main Ridge Estate is up for sale.  After an amazing wine career spanning forty years, Nat and Rosalie White are planning on calling it a day.  An expression of interest (EOI) will go out some time in November 2014.

And who would be interested?  Well if you love fine Pinot Noir and Chardonnay you would kill to get your hands on those vines.  Year after year the Chardonnay that comes out of Main Ridge is just superb – it has to be one of the great wines of the world.  The Pinot Noir has made it onto Langton’s List.  Despite being tiny, this is a very serious Australian vineyard.

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But is Main Ridge anything without Nat and Rosalie?  Well the character of the place would certainly change, but there is no reason why, with the right winemaker, the quality couldn’t continue.  And that I think is the key.  A big company could buy the brand and start churning out cases and cases of Main Ridge – but that would be missing the point.  Part of the attraction is that Main Ridge wines are very limited in quantity and thus quite exclusive.  Maybe other wines “by Main Ridge”? – hopefully a lot of people will be thinking how to make the best of this stunning property, without weakening the brand.

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The icing on the cake is that the house on the property is a truly unique architect designed creation that flows down the hill amongst the vines, complete with its own little plunge pool.  So if you love wine and have a few spare millions lying around (AUD), then look out for the EOI.

For a sneak preview of what you get have a look at the Kay & Burton Report, Episode 7 – eight minutes and 6 seconds into the video.

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