Its been a little break since our last post. The reason for this has been a huge overhaul of our websites photography and information! And soon to come is a lot more too... for now though we have the wonderful Bila-Haut from M. Chapoutier. Let's find out more!
The Chapoutier family can trace their history in the Rhône region back to 1808, but it was in 1879 that Polydor Chapoutier bought his first vineyards and started the actual business. In the mid-20th century Max Chapoutier led the business, until his retirement in 1977, after which his sons Michel Chapoutier and Marc Chapoutier took over. Some years later, during the 1980s, quality improved, under Michel Chapoutier's leadership over the vineyards and winemaking facilities. By the late 1980s, Chapoutier had started to receive considerable international attention for the wines' quality
M. Chapoutier Occultum Lapidem Bila Haut 2013 @ £16.95
"In bottle, the 2013 Vignes de Bila Haut checks in as a blend of 40% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 20% Carignan, from a combination of schist and limestone soils, that spent 12 months in a combination of concrete and stainless-steel tanks. It has great aromatics of dark berry fruits, bouquet garni, pepper and lots of minerality, medium+-bodied richness and depth, and a soft, seamless and even elegant fell on the palate. It’s ready to go now, and will drink nicely for 4-5 years."
91/100 Robert Parker
Even Parker thinks highly of it so maybe you should too! Come and give it a go. Cheers!
"We have been exporting our flagship Pinots and Chardonnays to the UK for over 16 years.
The UK wine market is one of the most diverse and sophisticated in the world, a place where there is a genuine passion for discovery and acceptance of wines from all around the World. We have found that there is a real understanding about what cool climate Australian wines like Ten Minutes by Tractor have to offer and we love being able to put our wines in the hands of wine lovers like that, who judge wines on their merits and who appreciate the elegance, purity and complexity of the wines produced on the Mornington Peninsula.
We don’t make wines for export. We just seek out like minded wine lovers from around the world, people who we know (and hope!) will love and enjoy the wines we make for our friends and ourselves, from our special places on the Mornington Peninsula. " - @martin10xtractor
Come and meet Martin as well as 8 other Mornington Peninsula producers while they're in London next month. More details in our bio. .
Portsea Estate - This local favourite has had some solid feedback from Uncle James and I’d say as a result is sold out on the winery’s online store... IMO it’s always been a no brainer when you look at its quality & price point in comparison to other Peninsula Pinots... I’ve never been to the winery(pretty sure it’s by appointment only), but I’ve been buying their Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris for a while now. Let’s hope it doesn’t escalate too far for us ground dwellers. JH 97/100 @winecompanion @portsea_estate 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻#portseaestate#morningtonpeninsula#australianwine#pinotnoir#wine#winelover
Tonight we are enjoying a bottle of wine at home. 🍷
2014 Tolepuddle Vineyard Pinot Noir~ Expressive Pinot aromas leap from this glass. Dark cherry and a hint of plumb meld seamlessly with spice and sap notes. The palate has both ripe and earthy edges with juicy acidity delivering brightness and freshness. Tannic grip perfectly frame the complex fruit and savoury characters.
The grapes were all hand-picked and fermented as a combination of whole berries and whole bunches, in open fermented and hand plunged throughout. The wine was aged in French oak barrels, of which about one third were new.
#tolepuddle#pinotnoir#home#fishtank#redwine#decanter#wine#loveforwine#finedining#datenight#love @zac.kelly1 @jessicaexley
Blend of 3 exceptional vintages: ‘99, ‘02 and ‘04. Immediately, the reductive style of LP is apparent. 8 years on lees but no indication of age. Green apples and pear, guava, smoke, salty minerality and almond shavings. Potent, fresh and bright but just too lean and young now. Shared with friends.
Pinot and paté - guaranteed to brighten up the dreariest of Tuesday. New in store Save our Souls Pinot Noir 2017 from Mornington Peninsula, Vic. An excellent affordable Pinot designed to drink now. Typical bright crimson colour, aromas of red berries and spice speak clearly of the Mornington Peninsula. On tasting Wednesday and Thursday in store #queensofthewine#magnumandqueenswine#pinotnoir
Felton Road are celebrated around the world for their wines. With less than a month to go until #organicwineweek we asked them why they choose to grow and make wine organically and biodynamically. ⠀
"It allows us to make wines of greater purity and expression of place without added noise. No one else has our special vineyard sites and the more our wine can taste of where it’s grown, the more unique and identifiable character it will have. Plus, we have a responsibility to our land (and planet!) to farm as sensitively and sustainably as possible. Our vines, staff, animals, microbes and customers love us for it."⠀
Blair Walter, Winemaker at #feltonroad ⠀