Turkish Delights and new vintage wine flights

June 9th, 10th, 11th 2017

Queen’s Birthday Weekend is almost upon us and while HRH unwraps a second finger painting from Prince George in as many months, we have a Quealy Bumper Weekend of delectable treats in store to mark the occasion.

Friday, Saturday & Monday our châtelaine, Louise Lechte, prepares a Romeo & Giulietta crostini of contrasts to tickle your palate before tastings. The light effervescent nature of sister Secco Splendidos, Metodo Ancestrale (vino blanco) and Redmondo (vino rosa), sets the pace for an ebullient afternoon.

We have invited the Turkish Kitchen to breathe
a sense of the Bosphoros into our Barrel Hall. Authentic Gözleme, a time-honoured Turkish snack, stuffed with your preferred filling is a worthy foil for many a glass of Peninsula vino.

Spinach and Feta is in fine company with Friulano or Pinot Gris and traditional
spiced lamb with Pinot Noir will set your
taste buds alight with more flare than a Beşiktaş home game.

East Muscat Rosé fulfils its eastern promise when sipped alongside a dainty Lokum, or Turkish delight in western parlance. The patient 3 day preparation of traditional Lokum is
best savoured with a cool climate Muscat
Rouge Rosé.

Tonique, our neighbour’s band, return to provide the soundtrack for a Turkish tasting experience to remember.

Tastings will take place in the Cellar Door ante-room throughout the day. In the ambient Barrel Hall, bisected by barriques, sample some Turkish treats as the tunes of Tonique drift in from outside.

Walk-ins are always welcome but we advise booking a barrique in advance to avoid disappointment. / (03) 5983 2483

The Royal Flight

As the ferments of vintage 2017 bubble away, devouring the final remnants of sugar, a raft of other wines from a variety of vintages reach completion.

Tussie Mussie Pinot Gris 2016
The vineyard’s joyful moniker, suggestive of its previous existence as a rose & herb farm, is perfectly expressed by this hedonistic Pinot Gris. This Merricks North slope captures all the sunshine, the vines and wines enriched by chalky red soils underfoot.

Inviting floral aromas exude the glass, swiftly accompanied by lemon peel and honeysuckle. Beautiful, ripe flavours of nectarine and a hint of spice guide the palate to a luxurious, lingering finish.

Two vineyards, both alike in dignity, on fair Mornington Peninsula where Pinot Noir reigns.

Musk Creek Pinot Noir 2016
Musk Creek vineyard sits atop Main Ridge, where the cool climate and rich soils never hurry ripening. Elevation and cool Bass Strait breezes protect the delicate, ethereal aromas of Pinot Noir. Grapes are handpicked as summer has given way to autumn, the extra hang-time on the vine capturing the change of seasons; tantalizingly wisps of wild raspberry rubbing shoulders with deep, earthy tones of ‘sous bois’ (under the tree).’

A portion is whole bunch fermented to add a dried herb dimension. Aged primarily in seasoned wood with a smattering of new French oak. Musk Creek Pinot Noir is already drinking beautifully, but will reward your patience if left for 5 years or more.

Seventeen Rows 2015
It was these seventeen venerable vineyard rows that lured Kathleen & Kevin ‘down the hill’ to Balnarring. The oldest MV6 Pinot Noir Vineyard in Mornington region, established in 1982, 17 Rows was revived and reinvigorated by Quealy upon purchase of the property in 2004. These three acres bask in additional sun afforded by the wide rows that lie between – the vestiges of a pragmatic planting decision by the original orchardist and his big tractor.

These low density, low yielding wide rows with a short canopy contrast the prevailing fashions in Australia and explain some of the distinction of Seventeen Rows Pinot Noir. The site is dry farmed with the under row mulched and managed without herbicide. Perfectly formed small berried little bunches, as black as coal, are picked over the first fortnight of March with multiple passes.

Quealy Seventeen Rows is distinguished with rich tannins, soft gentle acid, thrilling texture and high PH aroma profile of flesh and almost caramelised berry fruits. Pure Pinot pleasure.

Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines 2016-17

We’re delighted to announce that Musk Creek Pinot Gris 2015 is one of only two Pinot Gris selected by the UKs most influential wine writer, Matthew Jukes, to feature in his 100 best Australian Wines for 2016/17. Jukes’ unrivalled annual report on Aussie wine has become the yard stick for consumers the world over. Musk Creek is our inaugural inclusion, so here is some of what Matthew had to say;

“Full-bodied with wild honey, noticeable musk and superb near-tropical notes this is a daring alternative to drinking a lusty Chardonnay and it will certainly provoke a lot of discussion.

I cannot wait to pour this wine for 300 people at my launch at Australia House. This is the perfect test bed for a wine with a character as flamboyant and demonstrative as this one. I would bet that even some of the old-fashioned invitees will recognise the otherworldly charm found in this kaleidoscopically scented wine.”

It was a great year for Mornington Peninsula, with 12 local wines cropping up in the top 100. Glasses charged to Kooyong, Paringa Estate, 10X and Yabby Lake for their inclusions. It just goes to show the quality of the Peninsula Pinot proposition throughout our region.

Quealy Pinot Noir, Gris and Grigio

Give me some skin, Wine Australia

One beady-eyed Wine Australia
instagrammeur chanced upon a photo of winemaker Danny in the thick of Friulano pressing this vintage just gone. Rather than a quick like & scroll, they kindly regrammed the post and wrote a lovely little piece about our esteemed owners.

If you’d like to take a look, please click here.