"...a confluence of various regions & well sited vineyards across the Mornington radar"Ned Goodwin - Wine Companion
The Assemblage is a composite blend of vineyards from across the Mornington Peninsula and is matured in vast French oak barrels called Foudre. These beautiful barrels have very thick staves and wine matures slowly, ensuring that the delicate aromas and flavours are not lost. The resulting wine is vibrantly flavoured with silky, supple structure and ready to enjoy earlier without sacrificing intensity or character. 2020 stands in stark contrast to the previous vintage. Instead of searing heat and drought, there was regular rainfall and both cooler days and nights. The harvest was late, even later than 2017 and only rivaled by 2011 in terms of the length of vintage. Unlike those years, however, the yields were low and though the vines struggled to ripen the small crop, it did eventually get there. Not surprisingly, the wines ares in 2020 are elegant, but not delicate, with seamless, silky mid-palates and arresting perfume. The main downside of 2020 is the yields and while they are drinking beautifully well now, you will need to get in quickly.
Where this wine comes from - Mornington Peninsula
Another gem that’s part of Melbourne’s ‘Dress Circle’, the maritime climate of Mornington makes it Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Paradise. Sea breezes ensure the vineyards remain cool, ideal for producing styles with elegance and finesse. Red Hill, Merricks and Balnarring is where the main action is, enjoying the see breezes coming off Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean. There’s also a vast array of alternative varieties that enjoy the peninsula’s maritime climate. Pinot Grigio / Pinot Gris certainly has made its presence felt, producing both clean crisp, easy drinking Grigio styles, as well as richer, riper Gris styles. The whites are made for seafood, while Mornington Pinot Noir is a must with traditional duck dishes – either Chinese style or French.