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Port Phillip Estate

www.portphillip.net

261 Red Hill Rd, Red Hill, 3937

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

Ph: (03) 5989 2708

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Port Phillip Estate was established by leading Melbourne QC Jeffrey Sher, in 1987 who sold the estate to the Gjergja family in 2000.

The Gergjas have maintained the wine quality but have enhanced the cellar door (including a top restaurant) and redesigned the labels.

As well as the oft-awarded Pinot Noir the winery makes a well focussed aromatic Sauvignon Blanc, a spicy and meaty Rhone style Syrah and a smooth nectarine and stonefruit Chardonnay. Recently a savoury Barbera has been added to the portfolio. The prolific Sandro Mosele is the winemaker and also distributes his Koongong Estatee brand from here.

Port Phillip Estate vines
Port Phillip Estate vines
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

Port Phillip Estate Balnarring Pinot Noir 2012

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015,  heady, foresty and supple red cherry and raspberry with lavender florals, anise and a touch of herbally/twiggy lift (I was surprised that the technical notes say that the bunches were 100% destemmed), light-medium bodied plate has earthiness and a slaty streak, savoury finish, the chalky tannins have some grip, good persistence  (****1/2)

Port Phillip Estate Red Hill Pinot Noir 2012

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: May 2014, perfumed and supple sour cherry and red berries with lifted violet and herb notes, glycerolly and medium bodied palate wrapped around chalky tannins, savoury back half with fresh sappy acidity (****)

Port Phillip Estate Red Hill Chardonnay 2012

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: May 2014, partial malo, creamy melon, lemon and nectarine with white flower and citrus blossom notes, some lanolin, underpinned with fine chalkiness, subtle vanilla/love oak and racy acidity (****)

Port Phillip Estate Morillon tete de Cuvee Pinot Noir 2011

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: May 2014, 10% whole bunch, no fining or filtration, aromatic and light-medium bodied and earthy red cherry and raspberry with menthol and sage notes, glycerolly mid-palate but finishes a bit hollow and green-edged fresh sappy acidity (***)

Port Phillip Estate Pinot Noir 2011

Purchased: Not ($38)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2013, slightly cloudy colour, reductive nose and somewhat subdued, developed and meaty, medium bodied palate showing sour red cherries and mulberry with savoury, chalky tannins coming to the fore, rather mentholly with herbal and mineral notes (***)

Port Phillip Estate Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir 2010

Purchased: Not ($47)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting:  Oct 2012, 100% destemmed, floral and supple but tightly wound core of strawberry and red cherries with pine needle, dried sage and lavender notes, with more swirling it revealing savoury rhubarb complexity, minerally and sappy with fine grained tannin, balanced cedary oak, needs time (****)

Port Phillip Estate Salasso Rose 2012

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting:  Nov 2012, derived entirely from Shiraz and is whole bunch pressed and has had some barrel ferment in seasoned French oak barrels, salmon-orange colour, aromatic, dry and silky strawberry and cream with spice, rosewater and herb nuances, refreshing orange peel acidity with a minerally finish (****)

Port Phillip Estate Morillon Tete de Cuvee Pinot Noir 2010

Purchased: Not ($53)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting:  Oct 2012, brightly flavoured and glossy medium bodied morello cherry, plum and redcurrant with olive, pine needle and musky spice notes, smooth and rather ripe with drying, savoury tannins on the finish (***1/2)

Port Phillip Estate Salasso Rose 2011

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, “Salasso” refers to bleeding the juice, derived entirely from Shiraz and is whole bunch pressed and has had some barrel ferment in seasoned French oak barrels, salmon-orange colour, fragrant strawberry and cream with granny smith apple, spice and herb nuances, fresh orange peel acidity with a dry, minerally finish (****)

Port Phillip Estate Pinot Noir 2009

Purchased: Not ($38)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2011, MV6 and G5V15 clones, fragrant, brightly fruited and medium bodied black cherry and strawberry with pine needle, pepper and lavender notes, good length with a savoury finish, firmish chalky tannins, needs time (***1/2)

Port Phillip Estate Salasso Rose 2009

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2009, Salasso translates from the Italian as bleeding the juice, a reference to the Rose production method, this wine is derived entirely from Shiraz and has had some barrel ferment in older oak barrels, copper coloured, fragrant redcurrant with peach, apple and savoury nuances, barrel ferment has filled out the powdery texture, crisp and spicy finish (***1/2)

Port Phillip Estate Quartier Barbera 2005

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2008, tangy red cherry, plum and redcurrant with nutmeg and white pepper notes, medium bodied with a glycerolly mid-palate, fine savoury tannins on the mineral and seasoned French oak finish (***1/2)

Port Phillip Estate Pinot Noir 2005

Purchased: Not ($34)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2008, brooding and deep expression of raspberry, blackberry and sour cherry, earthy, spicy but slightly confectionary with some hard green edges, firm acidity, chalky tannins and restrained oak, needs time to soften the tannins (***1/2)

Port Phillip Estate Pinot Noir 2004

Purchased: Not ($34)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2006, quite similar to the 2003 vintage with the powerful plum, cherry and woody nose, but has slightly more focus , the spiciness seems slightly more restrained but it had only been just released when tasted so it might match the 2003 with time, fine slightly chalky tannins (****)

Port Phillip Estate Pinot Noir 2003

Purchased: Prince of Wales, St. Kilda ($34)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2005, flavoursome and powerful plum and cherry with a woody nose, but has a good earthy structure, complex spice and a long, long finish, fine tannins, fine example of Mornington Peninsula's powerful but elegant Pinots (****)