An outstanding wine from an iconic site in a region that is now achieving international acclaim.
Crittenden is a small family owned wine estate based at Dromana on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. The vineyard has, over the years, metamorphosed into an iconic site in a region that is now achieving international acclaim for its wines.
At up to 25 years of age, the vines are amongst the oldest in the region and this vine maturity undoubtedly confers something special on what is eventually put in the bottle.This wine walks the middle ground between being fruit driven and more complex and structured. There is a faint but appealing sappy character that has nothing to do with stems in the ferment, but more to do with the berry size at maturity ie small. The texture is rich and structured with soft tannins and a good acid finish
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.