To drink Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir is to shake hands with an ancient volcano with a cool sea breeze at your back. This coastal stretch is washed by three waters with turbulent Bass Strait the lifeblood of vineyards and wines of tangy fruit and nervy acidity.
Across this region, winemakers learn and better understand the rich diversity of the landscape through the lens of the Pinot Noir grape. These wines reflect volcanic loam in vineyards bound by sea and bathed in bright sunshine. The sun is a stark signature of Australian cinema. Just as terroir is traceable in wine, brilliant light provokes a sense of place in films shot in this hot and fragile land.
As wine lovers, we feel privileged to drink foreign made wines. As they have piqued our interest, the French have owned our palate with wines of density and perfumed grace. French cinema explores psychology through images shot in soft, diffusing light. The cultural existence the sun plays above sees Mornington Peninsula wines expressed as bright Pinot Noirs with distinctive red berry perfume, cherry-fruited palates and soft, silky tannins.
The hills around Arthur’s Seat, with fertile volcanic soil formed by granulated tephra from forty-five-million years ago are bathed in sunlight as brilliant as a searchlight over land. Winemakers dream of making greater wines, but they can’t just dial-up Chambertin, as these sites are nothing like the revered slope of the Côte d'Or. Imitating Burgundy is not an honest interpretation of Mornington Peninsula terroir. They should seek a pure interpretation of complex soils, salty air, and hot summer days. Pinot Noir with energy and complexity defined by restrained winemaking, a gentle sea breeze and sunshine in the glass.
Volcanic soil and coastal climate are the lifeblood of tasty wine with great acidity