Colour and condition: Deepest of ruby hues, in bright condition.
Nose: Intense cherry and sap on the nose, it is quite savoury in character at first observation and then unveils a really attractive prettiness showing as strawberry and quince jelly notes which combine well with plum pudding-like complexity and a touch of oak.
Palate: Firm structure with vibrant and yet delicate, long red and black fruit flavours. The wine exhibits a silky smooth texture and a neatly integrated tannin finish.
Harvest Dates were 26th February for 114 and 115 clones and 26th March for the MV6. The Mornington Peninsula experienced beautiful ripening conditions through the early summer of 2009. Until the beginning of February we expected the average vintage commencement date. However, things then changed. The first week saw temperatures climb, with one particularly hot day, and after a brief respite, further hot days in the third week, which produced the terrible bush fires in the Yarra Valley and from which, thankfully, and Mornington was spared. As a former resident of South Australia, where the hot northerly winds of summer are legend, Keith could only watch in awe as the events unfolded. Unfortunately, in the modern world, we are somewhat insulated against the power of Mother Nature and every now and then she reminds us who's really in charge. The hope was that conditions would abate quickly enough for the vines to recover and Mornington's maritime climate came to the rescue. Temperatures moderated but there was a significant reduction in yields. Interestingly, as we went in to March, conditions eased dramatically, resulting in the wide disparity in harvest dates between the clones, 26th February for the 114 and 115 clones and 26th March for the MV6.