East Coast Wine Trail

East Coast Wine Trail
East Coast Wine Trail

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Unusual wine blend proves a rare hit

Pinot noir and champagne are frequent companions in sparkling wine blends, but rarely co-habitate in table wines. 

Step forward a new release from Mornington Peninsula winery Foxey's Hangout - the Foxeys 2018 Palheto.

Foxeys Hangout is the project of restaurateur brothers turned vignerons Michael and Tony Lee, who make savoury wines well suited to be consumed with food. 

This rare bird field blend is mostly de-stemmed pinot noir with around 10% chardonnay in whole bunches, stalks intact. 

It turns out palhete or palheto is a traditional Portuguese word for a field blend comprising both red and white grapes (no more than 15% white). The grapes used here have been sourced from one single vineyard, Turramurra at Dromana. 

Inspired by visiting Portuguese winemaker Pedro Frey from Frey Blend in the Duoro, it was made by Chris Strickland as a co-ferment, with the end result a very attractive lighter red with good tannins; somewhat in the style of gamay. 

It's a zingy, zesty red with a sense of fun - and would be terrific during summer, lightly chilled. It will cost you $38. Which would be money well spent.



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