Aromas of black cherry juice and fresh raspberry combine with a sappy, faintly herbal note. The palate delivers more black cherry, this time with boysenberry and cranberry, providing a softness to the mid-palate. The long and detailed palate is tied together with dusty, fine grained tannin. The wine shows good mid-term ageing potential.
Port Phillip Estate lies on a spectacular site on the picturesque Mornington Peninsula. Established in 1987, situated in Red Hill, the vineyard is planted on deep red loam soils of volcanic origin. Wines are entirely estate grown and produced and strongly reflect the vineyard site attributes. The majority of the forty hectare site is planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with a small block of Pinot Gris. Port Phillip is very much a specialist in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay production. The best parcels of fruit from each vineyard block are reserved for the Single Vineyard wines.
The home of Port Phillip Estate wines is an architectural landmark,and one of the most exciting wine destinations in Australia.
Biological farming principles are employed in the vineyard: use of compost teas, estate-produced compost, mulch and other natural soil and plant conditioners. The vineyard is hand-pruned, shoot thinned, shoot positioned and crop thinned, and all fruit is hand picked. Their winemaking philosophy is to best preserve the inherent characteristics present in the fruit while making site-expressive wines of elegance, complexity and structure.