Take me back.....

Take me back……

Take me back……

We’ve been away on our longest holiday yet and hands down it was amazing. We travelled to 3 countries in 3 weeks with a 5 year old and a 2 year old and all came home in one piece (this is a serious achievement.) LA, Australia, Hong Kong. We have spent a lot of time on planes, consumed a lot of wine, a lot of gin and tonic, ate an average of 3 breakfasts from the hotel breakfast buffets a day (on the premise that we “won’t need any lunch”….who were we kidding?), had our first drink by midday most days, ate a serious amount of crisps, lounged in the sun and enjoyed a truly fabulous wedding.

We’ve now been home for 3.5 days, our clothes don’t fit, it’s cold and today it’s raining. On the plus side, Spring is apparently coming (?), the daffodils are out and the days are getting longer and lighter. There’s always a plus side. I think the only answer is to drink lots of wine and reminisce……

We spent the majority of our holiday in Australia, 90 minutes from Melbourne in the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria which is a truly stunning wine region and an absolute delight to discover. Victoria has the most vineyards of any Australian state, set amongst lush rolling hills and with a back drop of dramatic coastline and beautiful beaches, this is wine paradise with top quality wines to match. The region benefits from abundant sunshine and cool ocean breezes, it’s neither too hot nor too cool: perfect conditions for premium quality wine production.

Red Hill Estate

Red Hill Estate

Famous for premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, both produced in a similar style to their Burgundian counterparts this is the region that has spearheaded the change in style of Australian Chardonnay from big, yellow and very oaky to much higher quality, much less use of oak and more in the restrained style of Burgundy.

Wines specifically from the Mornington Peninsula can be tricky to find in the UK but well worth hunting out. Stand out producers to look out for include; Crittenden Estate, Red Hill, Ten Minutes by Tractor, Yabby Lake, Moorooduc Estate and Ocean Eight.

In the fridge…..

2017 The Botham 76 Series Chardonnay
Waitrose, £10.99 per bottle

OK so not exactly from Victoria BUT when you see a combination of one of England’s greatest cricketers and Aussie Chardonnay…….then you have to give it go, no? Elegant, rich and complex yet still delicate with ripe peaches, lemons and lovely notes of butter and cream. Perfect as come into Spring yet still rich enough to fill the chilly nights. Enjoy with chicken, creamy cheese and rich pasta dishes. This will also sit nicely on the rack for a few years to come….we doubt it will stay there though!

On the rack…..

2017 Crittenden Estate Kangerong Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula
Berry Brothers & Rudd, £19.95 per bottle (exclusive to BBR, order online)

One of my favourite Mornington producers and one I feature regularly in tastings. Crittenden Estate have been producing wines in the region since 1982 and both their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay is top class. This is worth every penny. An incredible aroma which is intensely floral with ripe red cherry and raspberry. The palate is divine and surprisingly meaty and spicy with smooth and well integrated tannins. Dreamy with duck.

Keep an eye out for our Spring/Summer 2019 Calendar of Events which is coming soon! Don’t forget it’s nearly Mother’s Day, we still have a few remaining tickets for our Mother’s Day Wine Tasting on 28th March….the perfect gift! Have a look at our Tastings page for tickets.