As the Mornington Peninsula goes beyond 40 years of viticulture, it’s a good time for the MPVA, (our local Vignerons Association), to put up a Lifetime Achievement Award. This would celebrate someone whose work has been both inspiring and transformative.
I can think of no better recipient for the inaugural award than Nat White, founder of Main Ridge Estate and a rare gem whom in 1975 shined a light on the potential of cool, wet and forested Main Ridge for producing exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Nat is regarded as a gentleman of the wine industry. He’s so debonair and cool, he's often referred to as the Brian Ferry amongst winemakers. His thoughtful, inspiring, and dedicated approach has given plenty of wine cognoscenti’ reason to celebrate, especially when easing the cork out of a old bottle of ½ Acre Pinot Noir, a wine considered amongst Victoria’s finest reds.