Join us on Sunday June 12th for Crittenden's Queens Birthday Long Weekend celebrations with winemaker Rollo Crittenden, who will be hosting seated Masterclasses throughout the day. Guests will be guided through a structured tasting of the new release The Zumma wines along with other wines from the Peninsula and Kangerong ranges. The Crittenden Wine Centre will be closed for general tastings on the Sunday in order to host these events, which must be booked prior. In the past events of this nature book out very quickly so ensure you reserve your spot today. Click here for more information.
For further information on the Winter Wine Weekend and other events occuring across wineries on the Peninsula please click here.
Our Cri de Coeur came in at number 76 out of his top 100 Australian wines. Pretty good! James Suckling is a US wine writer - and is very well respected. To make his top 100 is a great achievement. This is what James had to say:
Rollo Crittenden is not afraid to play the long game, and so he nestled this wine under flor for three years in untopped barrels, a mode known as “sous-voile” in France’s Jura region. The result is a wildly complex yet precise white that has clear, savory, flor-derived characterwith lemon peel and toasted almond. Fragrant dried brown spices, too. The palate rings clear with a fresh flush of acidity and briny, mineral tones to the zesty lemon flavors, aheadof a smoothly nutty twist to close. So much to like here. Drink now. 96 points
TOP 100 Wines of Australia 2021
Tickets are now on sale for our annual Shakespeare in the Vines Production here on the lawns overlooking the Crittenden Estate lake. We will be hosting Essential Theatre for our fifth year for the production "As you like it". Picnic food available when you book or BYO hamper. No BYO drinks....Click here for bookings and further information.
After announcements yesterday regarding reopening of the state we are delighted to be welcoming guests back for tastings and onsite sales on Saturday 23rd October. We'd encourage customers to book for their tasting online or by phoning 5987 3800. Come and see our cellar door refurb and makeover - photos coming soon!
On Friday October 15th, at a virtual ceremony for the 2021 Drink Easy Awards, our Cri de Coeur 2016 Savagnin was announced overall winner and Best Drink in Australia.
"We were absolutely delighted and a little bit stunned to be the recipients of this award. What made this award even more humbling was the fact that the competition spans all beverage genres – from non-alcoholic through to spirits and everything in between. The team at Crittenden would like to thank everyone who has supported us on this crazy journey in producing such a challenging and obscure wine style and in particular to acknowledge the Drink Easy team for championing emerging drinks of all makes and models which may not have a home in conventional circles."
Rollo Crittenden, on behalf of everyone at Crittenden Estate.
For a short four minute video showing the presentation of the award click the following:
This is a new wine from retired-but-you-can’t-stop-him winemaker Garry Crittenden. Garry Crittenden is of course the person responsible for bringing Italian varieties to the masses, so to speak; his work with these varieties was pioneering in this country to say the least. It turns out that, unbeknownst to him, and only recently discovered, his (sadly, late) wife Margaret has Italian ancestry. Her ancestral surname is Catto. This wine is something of a dabble and yet it’s also heart and soul stuff, almost by accident.....
This is part of Campbell Mattinson's write up in The Wine Front in October 2021 just after Catto has been released. We think it sums it up beautifully. Read on for the second part of his review:
And what a delightful wine it is. Truly delightful. I’d say that it’s arrestingly good save for the fact that it’s quieter than that. It has an elegance, unusual for this variety. Leather, raspberry, earth and sweet meat characters flow charmingly throughout, fine fingers of tannin then dancing through the finish. It’s the kind of wine you want to buy by the case. Campbell Mattinson The Wine Front
Juicy, spicy, red cherry, kirsch, Righteous start. Flesh and crispness in the palate, tasty lil number with vibrancy and clarity on its side. Very nero vibes. It’s a ripping drink. Mike Bennie The Wine Front
The colour is youthfully bright, medium to deep purple/ red, and the nose has peppery, dried-spice savouriness, while the palate reveals sour cherry flavours of good intensity and mouth-filling properties. A scent of raspberry milkshake later. The tannins are present and slightly gritty but do their job discreetly. There’s an exotic feel to this wine. It’s different. Huon Hooke The Real Review
Click here for links to reviews in full and to purchase Catto.
We are in great company with nine other wines from around Australia being announced as finalists in the "Best Wine" over the weekend on the Drink Easy Facebook Page and will no doubt be announced shortly at www.drinkeasy.com.au We will be tuning in to the awards ceremony on October 15th to see if we have won. Being a finalist is a great accomplishment either way.
We are delighted with our 2022 Halliday Wine Companion Results and are honoured to have been yet again awarded as a Top 5-Red Star winery. This award recognises Crittenden Estate as an outstanding winery regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity. This year, we have had our rating elevated and are now considered as truly the best of the best (in the top 12.7%) - awarded to wineries who have held the Top 5-Red Star rating for ten plus years.
Our wines consistenly achieved top scores - six Outstanding wines and five Highly Recommended. The stand out was the Cri de Coeur 2019 Chardonnay achieving 96 points.
Click here to read the full results.
To purchase wines, click here.
In case you missed it, Kate Stevenson’s RELISH show is now up as a PODCAST you can listen to. It went to air on 3MP last weekend.
This week on Relish with Kate Stevenson
The boozy and the not-so-boozy! Kate chats to Mornington Peninsula winemaker Rollo Crittenden about the best wines for winter but also why you should still be getting down to that stunning part of the state over the colder months.
Also, Yolanda Uys has joined the now very popular throng of distillers making non-alcoholic spirits that are so good, she'll chat about Banks Botanicals.
All thanks to Diamond Celebrations - Food for all occasions.
It was a labour of love that spanned 27 years. Margaret Crittenden's collection of clippings and cuttings from all sources documenting the growth of the Mornington Peninsula wine industry from its embryonic state to the powerhouse it is today.
Click here to read an article found in Western Port news about the handing over of the Red Book to the Shire in a ceremony held at Crittenden Estate. Click here to read a digital version of the Big Red Book.