The Morillon Pinot Noir is sourced from 0.4 hectare within the oldest Pinot Noir block (0.6 hectare) at Port Phillip Estate’s Red Hill vineyard. This block was planted in 1987 on a site nestled among folds of the hilly country in Red Hill. The iron and magnesium-rich but otherwise weathered basalts confer a savoury, earthy minerality to the wine. With maturity, the original block consistently produces wine with an extra level of structure, balance and intensity. In light of this we bottle a small portion separately as the ultimate expression of Pinot Noir from this vineyard.
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.