"....has the restraint of '17 writ large, with spice as much as red fruits providing the flavour base, superfine tannins part of what comes naturally." 95pts - James Halliday - Wine Companion
About this Wine
"Hand-picked, crushed and destemmed, open-fermented, pressed to French barriques (50% new, 50% 1yo) for 14 months. Has the restraint of '17 writ large, with spice as much as red fruits providing the flavour base, superfine tannins part of what comes naturally." 95pts - James Halliday - Wine Companion
About the Winery
Bellbrae Estate Winery was established in 1999 on a beautiful section of rolling hills, five minutes from world famous Bells Beach, in the Surf Coast region of Victoria.
Appropriately, the wines are named after the acclaimed local surf breaks: 'Sparrows', 'Boobs', 'Bird Rock' and 'Bells'. Originally planted to grapes around 150 years ago by Swiss settlers, at one stage the area from Bellbrae to Geelong and beyond was one of Australia’s largest wine growing regions. For most of the 20th century, however, the land had reverted to grazing but the wonderful climate and the enticing north facing slopes led Bellbrae Estate to plant the first vineyards here for over 100 years – better late than never!
"Best Wineries of the Regions" + "5 black stars" "The Surf Coast area of Geelong enjoys a slightly milder climate overall than other areas of the Geelong viticultural region. Being so close to Bass Strait, Bellbrae Estate experiences a maritime influence that reduces the risk of frost in spring and provides more even temperature ranges during summer - ideal growing conditions for producing elegant wines that retain their natural acidity." Halliday Wine Companion '21