(2017) A very familiar Wine of the Week, a stalwart of Brown Bros' range and deservedly popular. It blends two grapes, Orange Muscat and Flora (related to Gewurztraminer) which are harvested late for extra ripeness, then the fermentation is stopped at 10.0% alcohol, leaving residual sugar behind. It is definitely sweet, but feather-light and not heavy or cloying: this is a wine to match with fruity desserts, not sticky toffee puddings, where the bright tropical fruit, vivacious acidity and elegant balance comes into its own. Delightful and stuff in half bottles, and widely available. Watch the video for more information and more food-matching ideas.
(2017) Very pure fruit, a really intense aroma of red berries and a hint of ashy lift and liquorice. The palate has sheer, silky fruit, plush but fresh and medium bodied, such sweet and pure fruit into a long, elegant, but powerfully concentrated finish. A huge contrast to the Ten Minutes, concentrated, plush, but equally delicious. Price and stockist quoted at time of review is for the 2014 vintage.
(2017) Beautifully fragrant oak (all French barriques). A touch of vivid floral character, soft incense spice, open elegant and fruit driven on the palate, with really good acidity and a tight, tight tannin structure. Yet another different, and equally fine expression of Mornington Pinot. Price and stockist quoted at time of review is for a different vintage.
(2017) Fragrant, delicately floral and vegetal, crunchy twigs and briar in the complex and attractive profile. On the palate a delicate creaminess of fruit and texture, but stays gentle and rose-hip scented and feminine, lovely warming hint of coffee and spice in the finish.
(2017) Meaty and herbal, with tobacco and ripe fruit, but quite evolved with a brown sugar and a bloody streak, a deal of complexity and interest here without a doubt. On the palate there is a suppleness and firmness that extends the wine in the mouth, though all the time wrapped in those nicely funky, properly Pinot characters and sweet fruit. Note price and stockist quoted at time of review is for a different vintage.
(2017) Middle tier of the range, whole bunch fermented, partly with wild yeast, no malolcactic and 20% of new barrels. Creamy and a little restrained, a touch of almond and fat lemon and then lean and savoury onto the palate, but has lovely cream and sweet apple flesh fruitiness. Tight finish, long and poised. Note stockist and price at time of review is for a different vintage.
(2017) Emerald tinge to the colour, nice hint of butter and toast from the barrels, a nice hint of flint too, however, and turns quite tight and retains plenty of fruit sweetness against its acidity. Rather nice.
(2017) Pioneers of Pinot Gris in Australia in the early 1990s, planting in Wogga Wogga where owner Kathy Quealy studied oenology inspired her. She says "Pinot Gris is just like Pinot Noir - it's very site specific and needs a cool climate. Mornington Pinot Gris is in huge demand in Australia." Much more leesy and aromatic than the Nazaary, more weight and texture on the palate. There is some balancing sweetness in a generous Alsace style.
(2017) From the southernmost winery on the Peninsula. Cuttings from Kathleen Quealy, queen of Pinot Gris. Fresh and limpid style, lightly creamy from oatmeal and almond barrel, arguably a touch too much has a fine apple skin with a fine texture. Very attractive, lemon sorbet character, it has fine texture, largely dry, acidity very good.
(2017) Nice hint of flintiness and real brightness to this all-Chardonnay sparkling wine, the palate has a lovely ripe lemon fatness, but stays fresh and crisp, fruit ripe and sweet without a huge amount of autolytic character.