New Producer! Main Ridge Estate from Australia
Located on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Main Ridge Estate has been producing high quality wines since 1980, with the philosophy of using only fruit grown on the estate. The estate was founded by Nat and Rosalie White, as the first commercial winery on the peninsula, displaying an immaculately maintained vineyard followed by meticulous and detailed winemaking.
The unique characteristics of the vineyard were recognized as a perfect opportunity to produce great wine, and the vision of the White family continues its legacy today under different ownership, with a 3 hectare vineyard planted with 50% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay and a small amount of Pinot Meunier and Merlot. These 40-year-old Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines have produced iconic wines for Australia with a strong expression of terroir, heavily influenced by the coastal cool climate of the peninsula.
After years of success with these wines, acknowledged by the Australian industry, the estate was sold to the Sexton Family and continues being advised by Nat White as a consultant. This move was crucial for both families, allowing a handover with experienced insight for consistency amongst the wines and a quality assured transition over the years to come for Main Ridge Estate.
The winemaking has been taken over by James Sexton, a smart young wine professional focused on steering the winery through its traditional path of producing exceptional wines. The 2017 vintage is James’s third year since the Sexton’s came on board and it has been recorded as one the cooler ones at the property since 2004. However the young winemaker has manoeuvred his way through the season to bring these wines displaying elegance, power and an extremely promising future for bottle age. Tasting through the range makes us immensely honoured to have this great estate join the portfolio.