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Kerri Greens: The next generation of winemaking on the Peninsula

Review

Address: 38 Paringa Road, Red Hill South, VIC 3937

Varieties: Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay,Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier

Experience

As you wind your way around this uniquely shaped cellar door and winery, you instantly know you’re in for something very different, but very cool. Kerri Greens opened the doors to their hip new cellar door in late 2017, after their first vintage back in 2015, but these guys are not new to the wine game.

Winemakers Tom McCarthy and Lucas Blanck both hail from winemaking families. Tom’s parents from the Peninsula’s own Quealy Winemakers, and Lucas’s family vines have roots in Alsace at Domaine Paul Blanck. With Pinot Noir and Gewurztraminer running through their veins from an early age, these guys are bringing a passion for winemaking to the next generation of wine enthusiasts on the Mornington Peninsula.

 

Wines

From the labels, to what you taste in the glass, you notice a freshness and vibrant energy to these wines. There’s the whole cluster fermented Murra Pinot Noir which is bright and youthful, the Hickson Chardonnay made by 36-year-old vines which has a refreshing and fruitful zestyness, as well as the Pinots De Mornington Rosè which is a delightful blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Gris.

Sarah Saxton who is part owner and partner to Tom, is likely to be the one pouring you a glass when you visit, and offers great insight as she knows first-hand what goes in to the making of these amazing wines. They like to let the fruit do most of the work here, with minimal fuss or intervention, and that’s exactly why we love these wines. You won’t have seen or tasted anything like this in this region before.

 

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Setting

Perched on a sunny slope facing East Creek, this cellar door has a genuine relaxed vibe that is contagious. You instantly want to park yourself outside with a glass and take it all in, and that’s exactly how we encourage guests to enjoy their tasting at Kerri Greens. The design is an interesting one, with three buildings that are re-purposed old water tanks, the cellar door, winery and barrel room become photo worthy features of this gorgeous green landscape.

 

What we like

Pretty much everything. The wines are different and so well made, and the experience is chill but informative. Proving you can have a relaxed approach to wine tasting, while still taking it seriously.

What we don’t like

Being a new cellar door, these guys only open every first Saturday of the month, but most of the time, if we ask nicely, we can bring groups by on other weekends too.

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