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This is a little gem of a place tucked away in Main Ridge – Myrtaceae.  It’s owned and operated by John and Julie Trueman – John looks after the vineyard and Julie makes the wine.  They produce Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from their 2.5 acres and do everything themselves on-site save for the bottling.

The cellar door at Myrtaceae

The cellar door at Myrtaceae

Now if I were a restaurant owner, this is exactly the kind of wine I would want on my list.  It’s exclusive, something different – far removed from the “big boys” of the wine trade that fill so many wine lists.  It’s got a great story, and when you rock up at the winery, you meet the winemaker.

The Pinot and Chardonnay I had at the cellar door were both excellent, and at $35 a bottle the Truemans are not pushing their luck – it’s good value.

Riedel tasting glass

Riedel tasting glass

They serve tastings in the Riedel tasting glass.  This is quite an ingenious thing designed to help you really appreciate the aromas of the wine.  It feels a little odd rolling your glass across a barrel top, but it all seems to work very well.  Definitely Sound but probably sneaking into Fine.  Do pay a visit.

PS In a previous post on the Merricks General Store I made reference to a Myrtaceae Rose – this was made by John and Julie’s son but alas is all sold out.

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The way to the cellar door at Polperro

A new and welcome addition to the cellar doors on the Mornington Peninsula – Polperro.  Based on the property that we knew as The Vines, Sam Coverdale has opened a new bistro and cellar door selling his Even Keel and Polperro wines.  I haven’t eaten there yet, but all the feedback is really good, and the building and surroundings are really quite beautiful.  The Bistro has a large open deck overlooking one of those secluded Peninsula valleys.  It’s quite charming.  The menu looks a little ModOz – but that’s not a bad thing by any means when it’s done well.

The cellar door itself is a little daunting at first – you descend into what seems like the very bowels of the building and find yourself in a darkened room.  The day I visited the sun was about as bright as it gets, and it took my eyes a full five minutes to adjust to mood lighting.

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The descent into the cellar door at Polperro

But once you get used to it, it’s a fine tasting space – small with a high central table and tall chairs.  There is no bar between you and the cellar door person – it’s all sitting around the table together, talking about the wine.  I think it works well.  Great wine racks line the walls.

Sam (not Coverdale, another Sam) was the host and he was excellent.  It’s great to meet people who know about the wines they’re offering, but who also have a sense of passion about the whole thing – not just a $20 an hour job.  We got through:

  • 2013 Even Keel Riesling, Canberra Districts, ACT $27
  • 2014 Even keel Pinot Noir Rose, Tumbarumba, NSW $25
  • 2012 Even Keel Chardonnay, Mornington Peninsula, VIC $35
  • 2012 Polperro “Mill Hill” Chardonnay, Main Ridge $55
  • 2013 Even Keel Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula, VIC $40
  • 2012 Polperro “Mill Hill” Pinot Noir, Main Ridge $65
  • 2012 Polperro “Landaviddy Lane” Pinot Noir, Main Ridge $65
  • 2013 Even Keel Syrah, Canberra Districts, ACT $40

All were very well made – they definitely put this cellar door in my Sound to Fine category.  I thought the Riesling and the Rose were excellent and at good price points (for the Peninsula).  My favourite was the Polperro “Mill Hill” Chardonnay – a great addition to fine Chardonnay on the Peninsula.  The two top of the range Pinots were very fine, but very light and delicate – that has to be your thing to go the $65 they cost.

All in all a most excellent cellar door – well worth a visit.

I haven’t blogged for a little while because I have been engaged in some serious research – Chardonnay.  Chardonnay is beautiful clay in the hands of a great winemaker – from cheap, silly, fruity plonk to the most glorious, complex, elegant wines.  My preferred style is a wine with good fruit and great length but with new French oak and a few years of age – just magnificent.  So what about the Mornington Peninsula?  These are some of the good ones I tracked down:

Myrtaceae: Very small winery, all hand made.

Stonier: Three excellent chardonnays on tasting when I visited including the Reserve ($45 AUD) and the Halcyon ($45 AUD).  Very much the style I enjoy – my favourite was the Halcyon.

Paringa: Three chardonnays – $22, $35 and $50 AUD.  Not so much oak as the Stonier – subtle.  My favourite was the Estate Chardonnay ($35 AUD).

Ten Minutes by Tractor:  A great place to be on a Saturday afternoon – full of the young, beautiful, well-heeled of Melbourne.  Fabulous restaurant, great brand work.

Kooyong: Very impressive architecture, excellent Kooyong 2008 Chardonnay.

Main Ridge:  If you’ve been to the five vineyards above you will have had some very impressive chardonnay – and then you try Main Ridge.  Simply one of the great wines of the world.

Honourable mentions for the cellar door staff – Emma at Kooyong and Matthew at Stonier – most excellent.  These wines are as big and flavoursome as the best reds.  Keep a mixed dozen in the boot of the car for those fabulous spur of the moment BYO occasions.

There are many great cellar doors on the Mornington Peninsula, and I encourage you to visit them.  But if you want to touch the rare earth of the peninsula there is just one place – Main Ridge Estate.  If you follow the Australian wine press you will know of Main Ridge.  Their wines are consistently ranked amongst the best in Australia and the world.  But you know the real story?  It’s all true.

At first glance the cellar door is quite unassuming, but if you take a few minutes to be still you realize you’re in a garden vineyard surrounded by a beautiful green valley.  The cellar door really comes to life late March/April when the vendange is in full swing.  Then you see how the utility of this building supports the business of wine making.

Main Ridge cellar door

Nat and Rosalie White were the first to start producing wine on the peninsula – nearly forty years ago.  They have had a sense of purpose and focus that is revealed in the quality of their wines.  The cellar door is open every day except Christmas, Easter and when they run out of wine, which does happen.  Nat is there for you to talk to about wine – at the cellar door.

Chardonnay Simply one of the great wines of the world.
Pinot Noir We arranged a dinner recently where the second course was a bottle of the 2007 Half Acre Pinot Noir.  Best second course I’ve had in years – magnificent.  Look it up on Langton’s List
Merlot In an unsympathetic year a good wine, in a sympathetic a great wine.  A rare treat given the cool climate of the Mornington Peninsula.
Pinot Meunier Served by the Elves of the Woodland Realm at the High Table of Rivendell to the Lord Elrond himself.  Came to mortal man by mistake.  Infuriatingly rare and precious.

Main Ridge wine board

You can just rock up at the cellar door and taste, but the best way to engage with Main Ridge is to book in for a lunch or one of their special dinners.  Lunch – take a few people – allow AUD$80 (2012) a head.  That way you can enjoy the food, a bottle of Chardonnay, a Pinot Noir, and then one of the other reds to finish off.  You will be buying a fine lunch, a great memory and touching at the heart of this sublime food and wine peninsula lifestyle.

Events at Main Ridge

 

F – benchmark wines

PS I didn’t consider Main Ridge Estate in the 2011 vinblue cellar door awards – they would win most things every year, so there is little point.

One of the terraces at Main Ridge Estate