Some years ago when I worked with winemaker John Harris at Domaine Chandon in the Yarra Valley. After leaving John joined forces with his wife’s family and they launched Mitchell Harris Wines, using predominantly Pyrenees fruit. A few years ago they opened a cellar door/restaurant/shop in Ballarat, and I stopped in on the way back from Dunkeld recently. I bought this bottle and shared my impressions, let me know what you think in the comments below.
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Neill Robb, owner and founder of Sally’s Paddock Redbank Winery, was my guest on Episode 90 of The Vincast, my wine podcast. He talked about why he chose the site in the Pyrenees region of Victoria, and why he chose to plant the grape varieties he did. He generously brought me a bottle of the 2012 Sally’s Paddock, the top wine from the estate, and I was very excited to open it and share my experiences here on Let’s Taste. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below, please like and subscribe!
Neill Robb’s father was a pioneer viticulturist and consultant, working in such important wine regions as the Hunter Valley and Pyrenees. It was in the latter region that Neill ended up following his father into the wine industry, eventually purchasing an estate with his wife Sally in 1973. Here they established one of the most important estates in this still neglected Victorian wine (and tourism) region, and this year marks the 40th year of the Sally’s Paddock wines being available both in Australia and beyond. Neill shared his story and insights on this episode of The Vincast.
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Did you happen to listen to recent double episode of The Vincast wine podcast with Dave Chatfield and Nathan Reeves, the guys behind Out of Step Wine Company? Perhaps you’ve seen my previous Let’s Taste videos of some of their white wines? Well here are my impressions of their nebbiolo wine from 2014, the fruit of which came from the Malakoff vineyard in the Pyrenees region of Victoria. Let me know what you think!
Having worked in the Yarra Valley you would think that I knew the region pretty well. Well think again! For one thing it’s not that easy to get out and see a lot of other stuff whilst working, particularly when you don’t even live in the region. For another thing, the Yarra Valley is probably one of Australia’s largest regions geographically, but at the same is disparate and quite sparsely planted. There are many areas that I am still yet to explore outside of the valley floor. The other thing is that the Yarra Valley is possibly one of Australia’s most dynamic regions for wine, constantly reinventing itself with new wineries and winemakers almost every year. For me the exciting thing about this is that it is also one of Australia’s oldest regions, and was the first to gain international recognition back in the 19th century. It was re-established in the 1970s after almost 100 years of ignominy and since then has continued to evolve and develop while maintaining its boutique image. My quest for the day was to visit producers who have only had their own brand for ten years or less but are turning heads for their style and expression that is challenging preconceptions both of the Yarra Valley and Australian wine.