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Bellbrae Estate (aka Longboard Wines)

www.bellbraeestate.com.au

520 Great Ocean Road, Bellbrae (PO Box 11, Torquay, 3228)

Cellar Door: Weekends/pub hols (11-5)/ Daily in Jan

Ph: (03) 5264 8480 (mob: 0417 384 272)

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Bellbrae Estate cellar door (photo genxywines)
wine label

The home of Bellbrae Estate and Longboard Wines is close to the Surf Coast not far from Torquay. It is a joint venture established in 1999 by Richard MacDougall and Matthew di Sciacio. Both families are connected with surfing and this is reflected in the Longboard name.

The 8 ha of vines are nestled in the valley of Spring Creek that traps the warmth and shelter needed to optimise ripening over the mild autumns.

The second Longboard label was started with the release of the 1999 Shiraz and both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the 2000 vintage. There is also the Southside Sauvignon Blanc which has unusual intensity for the region.

The wines are sourced from a mixture of estate and local grapes. A new winemaker, David Crawford, took over in 2011.

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Inside the cellar door with skipper for the day, Kylie (photo genxywines)
Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

New reviews

Bellbrae Estate Boobs Chardonnay 2015

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2023

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, Mendoza clone, barrel fermented, white peach, melon and lime  with some flinty notes, bright grapefruit acidity and powdery phenolics, well integrated toasty vanilla/cinnamon oak (****)

Bellbrae Estate Bird Rock Pinot Noir 2013

Purchased: Not ($36)

Drink:  2020

(GXY) Tasting:: Dec 2015,  MV5 and 777 clones, the warmer vintage has allowed the whole bunch inclusion to be lifted to 70%, floral red cherry and cranberry with savoury/herbal whole bunch character but retains enough primary fruit juiciness,  medium bodied format  with earthy undertones and good length (****)

Bellbrae Estate Birdrock Pinot Noir 2012

Purchased: Cellar Door ($32)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2014, 50% whole bunch ferment, small berries from cane pruned vines, supple black cherry and mulberry fruit in an earthy, medium bodied framework, fine tannins with sappy/herbal acid drive, good line and length (****)

Bellbrae Estate Bells Syrah 2012

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2014, fragrant, linear and medium bodied  dark cherry and blood plum with white pepper notes, violet florals an savoury complexity, fine powdery tannins and some spicy cedar/chocolate oak on the finish, nicely balanced Rhone-esque style (****)

Bellbrae Estate Boobs Chardonnay 2012

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2014, linear with barrel ferment and lees complexity, fresh lime, melon and nectarine fruit wrapped in flinty minerality, powdery phenolics and bright lemony acidity, integrated spicy vanilla/cinnamon oak (****)

Bellbrae Estate Southside Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2014, textured barrel fermented style, lime and lemon sorbet with some cut grass and gun flint, creamy mid-palate with orange peel edged acidity, balanced food friendly style (****)

Longboard Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Purchased: Cellar Door ($20)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2014, vibrant and crisp lime, lemon sherbet and passionfruit with some blackcurrant features, modest herbaceous/grassy aspects with capsicum and snowpea notes, fine talcy with lemony mineral finish (***1/2)

Longboard Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2012, vibrant but light bodied lime and passionfruit with some blackcurrant features, fairly herbaceous with green capsicum and snowpea talcy with a lingering lemony mineral finish, perhaps a touch of Semillon in there (****)

Bellbrae Estate Boobs Geelong Chardonnay 2011

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2012, lean and flinty but showing barrel ferment and lees complexity, lime, melon and nectarine fruit wrapped in powdery minerality and lemony acidity, savoury oak is nicely integrated (****)

Longboard Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2012, juicy and medium bodied raspberry and plum with violet and white pepper notes before the spicy/charry cinnamon/cedar oak cuts in, respectable line and length with some minerality on the finish (***)

Bellbrae Addiscot Pinot Noir 2008

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, plump and medium bodied mulberry, plum and violet with chewy tannins and grippy acidity, earthy with firm edged fruit, good length, charry mocha-cedar oak (***1/2)

Longboard Pinot Noir 2009

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, light-medium bodied red cherry and mulberry with leather, white pepper and violet notes, fine savoury tannins with spicy oak, some slight over-ripe aspects (***1/2)

Longboard Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, entry level wine, medium bodied raspberry and plum with violet and white notes, earthy with respectable line and length with the finish showing some minerals and charry oak (***)

Bellbrae Estate Southside Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2010, some barrel ferment, clean and fairly vibrant lime, cut grass and passionfruit with flashes of blackcurrant and tobacco, tangy grapefruit acidity, long minerally finish (***1/2)

Bellbrae Estate Addiscott Pinot Noir 2008

Purchased: Not ($34)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2010, fairly sweet and spicy black cherry and plum, plump and glycerolly mid-palate, the finish has a fair whack of sappy acids to offset the sweetness, fine savoury tannins, cedary oak brings also some smoky bacon notes (***1/2)

Bellbrae Estate Addiscott Pinot Noir 2007

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, medium bodied plum, cherry and redcurrant, spicy palate is infused with plenty of minerally texture but the fruit is a bit sturdy to score higher, slightly charry finish (***1/2)

Longboard Shiraz 2007

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, ripe blackberry, plum and reducurrant with anise and green olive notes, discrete mainly French oak, fairly good length and depth for the price but not particularly complex (***1/2)

Bellbrae Estate Grundy’s Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, from low yielding estate vines, plummy with a core of red fruit, medium-full bodied with liquorice and pepper notes, earthy and not as glycerolic as the Longboard, fine tannins but there is a fair whack of acid for medium term cellaring (***1/2)

Longboard Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, spicy plum and black cherry, medium bodied with plenty of glycerol smoothness framing the black pepper, medium bodied with fine tannins, balanced French oak (***1/2)

Bellbrae Estate Addiscott Pinot Noir 2006

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, big black cherry, plum and raspberry, lots of acid, fine savoury tannins, slightly charry bacon and smoked oak features, rather full bodied, will need plenty of time to resolve (***1/2)

Longboard Pinot Noir 2006

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, plum and liqueur cherry with a touch of chocolate on the finish, light-medium bodied palate with simultaneous excessive sappy and confectionary features, not hanging together (**1/2)

Southside Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: July 2007, Trophy 2007 Geelong Wine Show, vibrant lime and grapefruit with some blackcurrant features, touch of passionfruit on the zesty finish, lingering lemony mineral finish (****)

Longboard Shiraz 2005

Purchased: No ($22)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: July 2007, Trophy Winner at Geelong Wine Show 2006, fairly tightly structured plum and red cherry, savoury and medium bodied, French oak, fine tannins (***1/2)

Longboard Sauvignon Blanc/ Semillon 2006

Purchased: No ($17)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2007, almost colourless, forward passionfruit, lemon and lime flavours, substantial herbal mid-palate lift and a touch of green bean, crisp citric finish, crowd pleaser, big improvement on the 2005 (***1/2)

Longboard Chardonnay 2006

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2007, tangy lemon and melon aromas, buttery palate with light lees features, subtle vanilla oak (***1/2)

Bellbrae Estate Pinot Noir 2004

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2007, raspberry, plum and liqueur cherry with light chocolate and black pepper features, some sappy forest floor features but better handled than the 2004 Longboard Pinot Noir, grippy tannins (***)

Longboard Pinot Noir 2004

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2007, plum and liqueur cherry, light-medium bodied palate is spiky and astringent with excessive sappy features, big drop in form from the excellent 2003 vintage (**)

Longboard Chardonnay 2005

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, tangy lemon and stonefruit, buttery palate, subtle toasty vanilla oak, crisp finish (***1/2)

Longboard Pinot Noir 2003

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2006, great nose of plum, raspberry with herb and barnyard notes, dry and savoury palate, long, silky finish, soft tannins, great value (****)

Longboard Chardonnay 2004

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2006, tangy lemon and crisp stonefruit flavours, rounded fruit-driven palate, buttery, gentle French oak (***1/2)

Longboard Rose 2005

Purchased: Not ($17)

Drink: 2006

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2006, sweet style rose, simple strawberry and raspberry, crisp finish, straightforward summer quaffer (**1/2)

Longboard Sauvignon Blanc/ Semillon 2005

Purchased: Not ($17)

Drink: 2006

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2006, crisp grapefruit with herbs evident on nose, the 40% Semillon is bit muted but the tropical fruit character does help fill out the palate and hides any 'cat pee' bitterness from the Sauvgnon Blanc, simple fruity summer quaffer (**1/2)

Longboard Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2006, bright fruity plum and blackberry fruits with some herbs in the mid-palate, French and American oak, tannins bit bitter and green, doesn't quite pull it off (**1/2)