Peninsula Visitors Guide, Summer 2014, Page 100 (transcription)

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Autumn 2013110Balnarring Vineyard, home to Quealy Winemakers is the destination for wine tourists.
The tasting room is inside the barrel room.
The range of wine to taste varies from day to day, always the Balnarring Vineyard range as well as vintage Quealy stocks, and odd bins.
Visitors are welcome at Balnarring Vineyard every day to taste and purchase wines whilst inspecting the winemaking facility.
Head winemaker Kathleen Quealy continues her pursuit of making exciting complex wines, drawing on a whole palate of grape varieties, no compromise winemaking techniques and vineyards that are endowed with the very best natural assets of good soils and north facing slopes.
Oenologist Danny Calvert has worked with Quealy, first at T Gallant and now at Balnarring Vineyard.
Lucas Blanck, an Alsatian trained viticulturist now manages the vineyards.
Tom McCarthy has now come on board to work in his family s business.
Tom s first success is Quealy Turbul Friulano recently awarded the chairman s wine to watch at the Alternative Grape Variety Wine Show.
Turbul Friulano is a white wine made by fermenting on the skins for a week.
It s an exploration of flavour and structure found in the skin of white wine, usually discarded before fermentation.
Friulano is a variety pioneered at Balnarring Vineyard.
Kevin McCarthy was keen to establish the variety after tasting and inspecting vineyards in the Friuli district.
The range to taste over the summer includes the Balnarring Vineyard 2011 Pinot Noir.
A difficult year however with Quealy Winemakers extra advantage of site selection and experienced viticulture has created an aromatic wine with a deep palate of plums and velvet rose.
2011 Pinot Grigio Friulano is the little sister of POBBLEBONK offering great value for a very groovy sophisticated wine.
2012 Chardonnay draws on vineyards that have been in the ground for decades and a winemaking style that Quealy has pursued her whole winemaking career.
Fruit from the best vineyards, gentle pressed without sulphur and then allowed to ferment and malolactic ferment in steel tanks until the summer returns 9 months later.
Summer drinking on a budget is possible with the Bin to Box sale in the corner of the winery, where some lovely unlabelled wines can be tasted and purchased.
These include single barrels of Pinot Noir.
Mornington Peninsula Muscat like Friulano requires winemaking that liberates flavour from the skin.
A variety of styles including a sulphur free sparkling to luscious rose coloured muscat and a complex sauterne styled botrytis golden muscat.
Balnarring Vineyard is the place to view handmade in Tuscany terra cotta Amphora.
These amphoras mature Quealy Friulano Nebbiolo to perfection.
Ask about the Melbourne Food and Wine Event hosted at Balnarring Vineyard.
A tasting of new wave wines skin contact and field blend wines, in terra cotta and ceramic eggs from Victoria to be benchmarked against Italian and Georgian autochthonous wines made in Anfora and Kvevri.
Tasting begins at 3 pm Friday 15th March with dinner to follow at Merricks General Wine Store.
All of Quealy s wine can be tasted as well at Merricks General Wine Store.
All of Balnarring Vineyard range tasted every day at Balnarring Vineyard Cellar Door.
62 Bittern-Dromana Rd Balnarring 3926Balnarring VineyardVISIT A WOrKING WINEryVisit our Cellar Doorinside a working winery.
Sample modern italianvarietals and styles.
The tasting list includes all our Balnarring Vineyard range, vintagebin ends and experimental wines.
A limited range of our Quealywines are tasted.
The full list is tasted atMerricks General Wine Store.
62 Bittern Dromana RoadBalnarring VIC 3926P.
03 5983 2483 Kathleen 0448 556 052E.
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www.quealy.com.auOpen 7 days a week111.indd 16 04 13 12 54 AM110.indd 16 04 13 8 14 AM Balnarring Vineyard, home to Quealy Winemakers, is the ideal destination for wine tourists.
The new tasting room is nestled between the barrel room, cellar and laboratory - welcoming visitors every day to taste and purchase wines whilst inspecting the winemaking happenings of the day.
The range is ever changing, with the Balnarring Vineyard and Quealy wines always available, as well as a few interesting bottles that are opened on whim.
Balnarring Vineyard was established in 1982, after the cool stores from an orchard were converted into the winery making it one of the first wineries on the Mornington Peninsula.
Quealy and McCarthy purchased the property in 2003 and have rebuilt the winery, and reinvigorated the vineyard with grafts of Friulano, Muscat Giallo and Pinot Grigio.
Take a peek into the winery and you ll see old fashioned, traditional winemaking practices at hand.
Amphora s are huddled in the back corner - a small farm of handmade terracotta tanks, filled by slowly and delicately fermenting Friulano and Nebbiolo.
Riddling racks line the walls, while bottles of Sparkling Moscato Giallo made m thode traditionnelle await disgorgement.
The vineyard produces two labels Balnarring Vineyard wines are multi vineyard blends that offer great regional quality and value.
Quealy blazes a path of new varieties and styles with a clear love of Italian culture.
The ranges include unoaked Chardonnay, whole bunch ferment Pinot Noir, Pobblebonk a regional style Super White, Rageous Pobblebonk s red cousin, Muscat Blanc Petits Grains, Muscat Rouge Petit Grains, Moscato Giallo, Nebbiolo, Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio the variety that made Kathleen Quealy an industry icon some 20 years ago.
Head winemaker Kathleen Quealy continues her pursuit of making exciting complex wines, drawing on a whole palate of grape varieties, no compromise winemaking techniques and vineyards that are endowed with the very best natural assets of good soils and north facing slopes.
Quealy s winemaking style has not waivered throughout her whole winemaking career, using fruit from the best vineyards, the whites are gently pressed without sulphur and allowed to ferment, and malolactic ferment, in steel tanks or amphora s until the summer returns 9 months later.
The rest of the team is oenologist Danny Calvert who has worked with Quealy, first at T Gallant and now at Balnarring Vineyard, for over ten years.
Lucas Blanck, our native Alsatian trained viticulturist, and Tom McCarthy whose extensive experience has him working between the vineyard and winery.
Entering Balnarring Vineyard you ll leave the bustle behind.
The driveway winds past Cyprus hedges, vines, espaliered fig trees and grazing chickens.
For the gardener there is the avenue of olive trees and underneath them, a variety of herbs grown for use at the Merricks General Store.
For the wine lovers there is a trove of wines to taste and enjoy at old fashioned prices.
Balnarring Vineyard is open daily from 9am to 5pm daily.
Buses and large groups are advised to call in advance.
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