Looking back, looking forward!
We have welcomed over 5,000 guests to our little cellar door since the COVID lockdown lifted last November. Like many Mornington Peninsula wineries, we are gratified by this over-whelming support after the difficult 2020 year.
Now the cool Summer is over, Autumn leaves are starting to fall, and a late starting 2021 vintage is imminent.
A perfect match
We are delighted to announce we are partnering with our good friends and neighbours at Myrtaceae Winery to lease and operate their vineyard. John and Julie Trueman are stepping towards retirement by gradually winding down their winemaking from 2021 (but will keep their beautiful cellar door open for a while yet!). The close proximity of our vineyards with their similar cool climate terroir, and our shared winemaking philosophies guided by Nat White, make the Trueman’s a perfect match.
Planted in 1984,the Trueman Vineyard is one of the most elevated and coolest sites on the Mornington Peninsula, with the resulting wines often cited as under-appreciated gems of the region. As James and Linda build knowledge of the vineyard, the fruit from these vines will be used to produce a series of project wines for our cellar door guests to enjoy. In time, we hope to include Trueman Vineyard wines in the Main Ridge Estate range.
2021 Vintage update
As recent visitors to the region would know, warm days this Summer have been rare, but welcomed gifts. The cooler conditions have allowed a slow uninterrupted ripening, which aided by a dry February, has delivered a moderate crop of healthy fruit that we look to harvest over the first week of April.
Expect lifted, leaner expressions of Chardonnay and the concentrated, dark & spicy Pinot Noirs recently seen in years such as 2017.
Cellar door news
Busy weekend lunches in the Larder and Sundowner drinks on the deck continue unabated, and we recommend you BOOK HERE for the upcoming Easter, Mother’s Day and the Queen’s Birthday weekends.
We will be open every weekend during Autumn and Winter from 11.30am to 5pm, and will be closed Good Friday, and Sunday 11th April for a private event.
In the Larder, our Autumn menu will commence at Easter, includes a fresh take on our most popular dishes, to include seasonal produce