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Great Eastern Wine Week, 9-18 September 2022

Sunday, 28 November 2021

A boutique wine label worth seeking out


It is always exciting to discover a wine label that has previously flown under your radar.

That was the case this week with Kerri Greens, a Mornington producer that sent me two bottles of its vibrant 2021 wines to sample.

You may recall that earlier this week I reviewed the new MANDI wines from Mildura, made by Kevin McCarthy from Quealy Wines.

Well Kerri Greens is made by another member of the McCarthy family - and sent to me by the family's resident PR whiz Celia McCarthy.

The Kerri Greens team comprises winemaker Tom McCarthy (Celia's brother and son of Katherine Quealy and Kevin McCarthy) and viticulturist Lucas Blanck (Domaine Paul Blanck, Alsace).

The vibrancy of the wines underlines their organic and sustainable approach in three different Mornington vineyards.

"The vineyards are managed with a strict viticulture regime aimed at quality, with sustainable practices including no irrigation, pruning techniques promoting longevity and fruit intensity not yields, mowing under vine to avoid herbicide, canopy management aimed at exposure, inter-row cover crops for nutrition and soil structure, and spray regimes using organic principles," says Tom McCarthy.

"Off the vine, the winemaking follows a predictably similar line, additions are kept to a minimum using wild yeasts unhindered by initial additions of sulphur allowing the unique biology of the vineyard and season to have its impact. There is no rush to bottle and where possible it takes place without fining or filtration."

I tried the 2021 Pinots De Mornington Rosé, an innovative blend of pinot noir, pinot meunier and pinot gris that just screams out "summer enjoyment" and the totally hip "fumé blanc" 2021 Samophire Sauvignon Blanc, whole-bunch pressed, wild yeast fermented in older barriques, unfined, unfiltered.

Both wines retail for $30 and are full of freshness and vibrancy. Join me in discovering something new. Kerri Green, for those wondering, is the name of a local surf break. 

See www.kerrigreens.com/ or visit cellar door at 38 Paringa Road, Red Hill South Friday-Sunday.   

 

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