It's difficult to find a bad wine on the Mornington Peninsula at the moment. There are, after all, plenty of talented winemakers and recent vintages rate from good to outstanding. In the Plunge mobile today were Andy Fenton, a Wine Category Manager at Maritime & Mercantile International in Dubai and Gina K. who owned Veludo & Ping before helping establish the Peninsula Hot Springs and then working in Dubai. Both guests were suitably impressed with the quality of wines they tasted.
Port Phillip, Montalto and Eldridge Estate are all about modern architecture, striking views and the buzz of tasting wines in the region's most impressive cellar doors.But our day started in more domestic surrounds, when Willow Creek winemaker, Geraldine McFaul showed her wines around a kitchen bench with a local cheese platter. The adventure then continued at Prancing Horse and Paringa Estate where we were offered PHE Les Clos Grand Cru Chablis made by the renown Patrick Piuze and later, the sensational 2013 Paringa Estate single-vineyard Pinot Noir which is due out later this year.
The food at Foxeys Hangout, prepared by winemaker Tony Lee, was a stand-out as was his 2015 chardonnay, tasted unfinished out of a new oak barrel which was like taking a prized colt for a gallop before the yearling sales! We finished the day in the unlikely surrounds of De Bortoli winemaker Steve Webber's ultra-modern mansion on Balnarring Beach tasting an array of Italian wines.
Andy is back on the Pen in 6-months with a bunch of sommeliers from Dubai and Plunge Tours can't wait to create another great experience for them.