Ending the year on a good note…
2020 is a year we’re all going to be happy to draw a line through, but as the year draws to a close, we’ve been humbled to receive some welcome good news with a swag of different accolades. The recognition is always a lovely reward for our sustainable viticultural endeavours and hard work in the winery.
2020 Mornington Peninsula Wine Show
This annual event sees Mornington Peninsula wine makers invited to submit samples for judging under national show conditions by an expert panel. Amongst some gold and silver medals, we were honoured to receive two Show trophies:
Chardonnay Provenance Award - The Zumma Chardonnay
Judged across three separate vintages from a single vineyard, awarded for quality and consistency spanning all three wines. We submitted the 2014, 2017 & 2018 of The Zumma (named after Zoe’s childhood nickname) grown from our Estate grown fruit from vines in excess of 30 years of age.
Best White Varietal – Cri de Coeur Savagnin
This variety – a signature of Rollo’s winemaking toil and innovation - continues to receive critical acclaim with our just released 2016 vintage awarded the overall Best White Varietal at the show.
Plus, we’ve just been named in the Top 50 Finalists in the inaugural Vineyard of the Year.
A national initiative by the Young Gun of Wine, this new award program aims to shine a light on Australia’s best vineyards – the places where wine comes from, practices of sustainable grape growing and the pursuit of fruit and wine quality. With over 6,000 grape growers around the country to consider and hundreds of entries, being recognised amongst the finest fifty vineyards is an honour. It also reflects our family’s passion and connection to the land and our philosophy that good wine always starts with the soil. Read more about the Vineyard of the Year here and our entry, that details our vineyard and sustainable grape growing approach, can be read here.
The Crittenden Wine Centre is delighted to be welcoming guests for tastings from Friday 30th October 2020.
Join us in our new outdoor seated terrace area to experience our tastings alfresco style. We will be offering a selection of six wines that give a broad representation of the Crittenden portfolio. Tastings will be $10 per person.
Although not essential we would recommend that you book prior to arrival. Please phone 5987 3800 or email email@example.com
Share in the bounty
Finally, we've had quite a harvest of broad beans thanks to the inter-row cropping program in our vineyard and we wanted to share the bounty. Be sure to ask about our sustainable winemaking practices and enjoy a take home bag of fresh, organic broad beans with any wine purchase made (while stocks last).
We look forward to welcoming you here soon.
Friend of the Crittenden Family Roberta Muir has been sharing her favourite things to cook (and what to drink with the dishes) — and we wanted to share her recipes here from her popular Food Wine Travel website.
Roberta Muir is a food, wine and travel writer based in Sydney. She has managed Sydney Seafood School, Australia’s largest recreational cooking school, since 1997. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Gastronomy from the University of Adelaide and is a qualified sherry educator and cheese judge. Her passion for food, wine and foreign cultures has led her on adventures in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, North America, Scandinavia and South East and Central Asia. Her food blog is well worth subscribing to and recently she mentioned a lovely recipe to pair with our Crittenden Estate Peninsula Rose. See the link to it here - a perfect spring dish!
Jancis Robinson, the London based wine commentator, is without question the globe's most highly regarded practitioner in this field at the moment.
When she called for entries in her now traditional annual writing competition, this year on the subject of “sustainability” in the world of wine production, Ed Verrill, a two-time vintage worker with us here at Crittenden Estate, quickly put up his hand as an independent observer to write the story of our sustainability journey. Ed, an ex London based hospitality worker, introduces himself below as a segue into his story.
An independent panel of qualified judges was assembled to assist Jancis and her team to rate the entries and decide which companies are making major contributions in their endeavours. The organisers were bowled over by the number of entries from pretty well every wine producing country in the world, including four from Australia. Of the 85 entries in the competition 18 were singled out by the judges for ‘special mention’, and guess what………….we are one of those companies, thanks in no small measure to Ed’s light hearted but factual dissertation, (see his closing sentence).
No we didn’t win the competition but just to be included in the top entries 18 is reward enough. See here to read Ed's entry.
If you feel like having a little sticky beak into Rollo’s world; what he likes to drink and places he likes to visit (mainly in non COVID times!), then check out this interview that has been published on the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Website:
Savagnin has had a troubled past in Australia, but as Jane Faulkner discovers and discusses in this Halliday article, it's well and truly coming into its own. Jane interviews Rollo Crittenden and Matt Campbell and looks at how Savagnin (and in particular ours) has evolved into the wine that it is today - one that is turning heads all over Australia. Given that the Cri de Coeur Savagnin has been said to be “quite possibly the most exciting white wine in Australia” (Halliday Wine Companion 2021) - this article is definitely worth a read! Click here.
The 2021 Halliday wine companion was released on August 5th and to say we were pleased with our results is a little bit of an understatement! In the midst of stage four lockdowns here in Victoria, some good news was a welcome relief and definitely brightened our day. We were delighted to retain our status as a Five Red Star Winery and to even have one of our wines described as being… “quite possibly the most exciting white wine in Australia” Full reviews here.
What started as a neighbourly conversation with another family businesses impacted by Lockdown 2.0 has turned into a collaboration that will take home deliveries to a luxurious new level over the coming weeks.
We’ve teamed up with Main Ridge Truffles to deliver the ultimate locally grown and made winter pairing, wine and truffles.
The match wouldn’t have eventuated if not for the latest restrictions - the winter harvest of truffles usually bound for the city’s premier restaurants meant Main Ridge Truffles had a bounty of ‘black gold’ going to waste; while our cellar door team typically busy hosting tastings are now personally delivering wine to the doors of locals during lockdown.
“We thought it was a great way of coming together to share something extra special with our local community who wouldn’t normally have such access to this prized produce grown right here on the Peninsula,” says Zoe.
The Wine + Truffle offering is the first time Main Ridge Truffles are bringing their harvest direct to the local public – and it will be available only to Mornington Peninsula residents due to their highly delicate nature where careful transport is key.
“We’re all missing that chance to go out and enjoy something special at the moment so being decadent at home by adding truffle to a pasta dish, eggs or steak and enjoying it with a bottle of local wine is about as good as it gets in lockdown!” adds Zoe.
Fresh truffles harvested by Main Ridge Truffles are available (cost $2.50 per gram) to add on to wine orders from our Wine Centre currently providing free, next day deliveries of wine packs to the Mornington Peninsula area. Or you can pop in to pick up if you prefer. Call 5987 3800.
Being noted in the prestigious annual list of Australia’s top 400 wineries is a real feather in your cap, so we we’re both thrilled and humbled to receive the inclusion. We’re also very proud to be amongst three Mornington Peninsula wineries in the top 50.
The ‘Top Wineries’ list is compiled following around ten thousand blind tastings and rigorous reviews each year. Led by wine critic Huon Hooke, a team of reviewers assess wines from over 1600 Australian wineries to create their annual list of 400 that consistently produce excellent wine. The List has become a national benchmark and shows where your favourite winery is ahead of its peers.
“We’re pretty chuffed with the result given the calibre of wineries on the list and the quality of wines being produced around the country right now,” says Rollo.
You can check out The Real Review’s complete Top Wineries Australia list here:
Or a link to the Good Weekend article featured in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald here:
2020 is certainly a winemaking year we won’t forget. Happily, the time in isolation has resulted in the exciting news of a brand-new release - our very first Prosecco.
It’s no secret our family has a love affair with Italy and Italian varietals, so we wanted to make sure we took our time to perfect our version of this popular sparkling. We’ve summoned our winemaking knowledge, drawn on our appreciation of old-world techniques and more than one vintage to create our ideal Prosecco style. Our resulting ‘Pinocchio Prosecco’ accentuates the varietal fragrance of fresh apple blossom, nashi pairs and lemon zest while maintaining an excellent foamy ‘bead’ and acid freshness on the palate.
Our Prosecco uses 100% Glera grapes (the traditional variety for making Prosecco). Grapes were harvested in the cool of night before dejuicing and settling. Clarified juice was then fermented to ‘dryness’ in stainless steel tank with an aromatic yeast strain to enhance this variety’s floral notes. Malolatic fermentation was inhibited by chilling and lightly sculpting the finished base wine, before blended with a small selection of other vintages to create our desired ‘house style’. Bottling was carried out via the transfer method with a modest dosage of sugar.
This bubbly addition to the Crittenden wine family is now available for tasting at our Wine Centre and also to purchase online. We’d highly recommend this is a drop best enjoyed simply with family and friends, maybe an antipasto plate and a dose of sunshine too – the perfect ingredients for a little ‘la dolce vita’ we’re all in need of right now!