Finding the magic of alchemy in Mornington Peninsula wines
The creative genius behind the Jackalope Hotel has woven alchemy as the dominant narrative in the hotel's decor and art. In the adjoining Willow Creek winery, alchemy serves as a metaphor for the winemaking process. Geraldine McFaul is half chemist half alchemist making individual wines that offer sublime drinking pleasure.
On a mid-autumn day, four stylish Jackalope guests took the Plunge to visit seven Mornington Peninsula wineries. After years of thoughtful and questing wine drinking, these people knew exactly the kind of wines they like to drink, finding at various cellar doors Pinot Noir of textural wealth with complex aromas and flavours and Chardonnay with minerality, citrus flavours and aromatic intrigue.
With a clear understanding of their own preferences, they hunted down some of the most outstanding single vineyard wines in the region. The wine orders mounted and by the end of the day, the final tally was a staggering thirty-two dozen. All wines to be shipped to Sydney's northern beaches.
The Mornington Peninsula is in the midst of transformation. Hip, stylish and happening, Jackalope is the most talked about new hotel project in Australia and is having an amazing influence. A new frontier of premium wine tourism is part of a magical alchemy that could yet see cellar doors turn to rivers of gold. Plunge in...