Charlemagne Wine Club - 2017 Tastings

Monday 20 November 2017

Mornington Peninsula with David Carter

Way back in the year 2000 I was persuaded by Brian Stonier, a pioneer grower in the region, to visit the Mornington Peninsula. I was on my way to a big sporting event in Sydney. "You've got to see what we're doing" he said. So I changed my itinerary to include Melbourne, and visited.

The wines were fabulous then, and now, with older vines and many more producers crafting away to get the best from their fruit and sites, the quality is world class.

The Peninsula is ideally suited to producing wines of great style and complexity. It is surrounded by sea on three sides and the vineyard sites range in altitude from sea level up to 250 metres with significantly differing soil types, enabling winemakers to fashion wines with a wide range of flavours.

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the major grape choice with Shiraz close behind. We will have all three at our tasting with several examples of each variety from producers Ocean Eight, Kooyong and Paringa Estate, so that we can compare and contrast.