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: Quealy



Balnarring Vineyard, 62 Bittern-Dromana Rd, Balnarring, 3926

Cellar Door: Daily (11-5) and Merricks General Store

Ph: (03) 5983 2483

The joint cellar door within the Merrick General Store

Quealy is the venture by the dynamic duo of Kathleen Quealy and Kevin McCarthy after they sold T’Gallant to Fosters in 2003 and phased out their involvement with that winery. While at T'Gallant they pioneered the introduction of Pinot Gris in the Victoria.

They have purchased the old Balnarring Estate Winery (and 8 ha vineyard) and have leased a couple of other local vineyards.

The early releases are Pobblebonk (a blend of four or five white varieties), Rageous (a blend of four reds) plus the more familiar regional staples of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris/Grigio plus a Muscat and the more exotic Italian variety, Friulano. Kathleen is the winemaker.

The closely associated label is the Balnarring Vineyard.

Quealy stall at Melbourne's Federation Square Regional Showcase (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)

Quealy Tussie Mussie Pinot Gris 2015

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink:  2017

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, six months on lees, rounded melon, pears and melon with touch of honeysuckle and citrus blossom florals, tingly phenolics with a hint of brine, crisp lemony acid (***1/2)

Quealy Mother of Pearl Pinot Grigio 2015

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, crisp, delicate and light bodied pear, apple and melon with some musky spice and a hint of honeysuckle, linear with tangy acidity and talcy texture with a touch of brine on the finish (***1/2)

Quealy Turbul Friulano 2014

Purchased: Not: ($35)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: May 2015, very limited special release, ‘Turbul’ is the Italian term for wines where white varieties are fermented on skins in the manner of red wines, otherwise known as ‘orange wines’, unfiltered with a slightly cloudy hue, lemon pulp and pear with a touch of almond and white flower, Fruilano’s textural chalky phenolics come to the fore in this style although there is some loss of acid drive to cut through the pulpiness, hard to rate such an unconventional wine but has done better than many others with the orange wine experiment (****)

Quealy Pobblebonk 2014

Purchased: Not: ($28)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: May 2015, delicate, sherbetty and aromatic field blend of what I presume to be Pinot Grigio, Tocai Fruilano, Muscat, Riesling and Chardonnay, pear, lychee and red apples with rose petal, honey and orange blossom notes, subtle gingery spice overlay, fine, drying chalky phenolic finish with good acid drive, a touch more fruit length to balance the phenolic/acid finish would take this to the next level (****)

Quealy Musk Creek Pinot Gris 2013

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2014, good aromatics, dry with fairly neutral flavours on the palate, nashi pear and citrus with musky spices, this wine is more about the talcy textural mouth feel that finishes with briny phenolics (****)

Quealy Pinot Grigio 2013

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2014, focussed pear and lime with musky spice and rose petal notes, fine chalky texture, good length with fine sea spray phenolics, nicely balanced early picked style (****)

Quealy Pobblebonk 2012

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2013, light and aromatic field blend of Pinot Grigio, Tocai Fruilano, Muscat, Riesling and Chardonnay, grapey with lychee and red apples with rose petal and orange blossom notes, subtle gingery spice presence, fine talcy finish, delicately balanced (****)

Balnarring Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2013, silky, breezy and light-medium bodied red cherries and strawberries with anise, rose petal and brown spice notes, quite linear with very fine tannins, pure and varietal but not hugely complex, best drunk ASAP for its freshness (****)

Quealy Amphora Friulano 2012

Purchased: Vintage Cellars, South Melbourne  ($24)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2013, instead of stainless steel tanks this was fermented in an 800 litre large clay pot (adapted from a method used by the ancient Romans), light and dry showing white peach, apple with a hint of dried apricot, musk and almond, some savoury cream texture on the mid-palate, fine briny phenolics, brave wine-making without evidence of the feared excess oxidation (****1/2)

Quealy Pobblebonk 2011

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2013, eclectic field blend of Pinot Grigio, Tocai Fruilano, Muscat, Riesling and Chardonnay, floral nose, fresh and grapey with lychee,  musk and citrus blossom notes, subtle gingery spice presence, soft talcy texture with a crisp acid spine, gently balanced wine (****)

Balnarring Vineyard Pinot Grigio Friulano 2009

Purchased: Federation Square Showcase ($18)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2010, another of Kathleen Quealy’s experiments with the Friulano (a northern Italian variety), the bulk of the wine is fairly neutral pear and citrus Pinot Grigio with the Friulano doing most of the work bringing musk, lychee and phenolic grip, very perfumed sweet nose but the palate is bone-dry, will polarise consumers but I like it (****)

Quealy Pinot Grigio 2009

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2010, early picked and allowed to settle for naturally without sulphur addition to build aromatics, there was some sulphur addition at the very end, fresh and vibrant pear and tropical fruit with musk and brine notes, fine chalky texture infused with lemon and orange rind acidity, good length and presence, about as good as this minimal interventionist style gets (****)

Balnarring Vineyard Late Harvest Muscat 2009

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2010, very intensely flavoured showing sweet pineapple, lychee and musk, spicy with a crisp chalky finish, take no prisoners style (***)

Quealy Pobblebonk 2007

Purchased: Prince Wine Store, South Melbourne ($24) )

Drink: 2009)

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2008, eclectic blend of Pinot Grigio, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay and Riesling with a dash from the rare Australian appearence of the popular Italian variety Tocai Fruilano, floral nose, flinty minerality with musk, pear and citrus flavours a touch of honeysuckle but the overall feel is quite dry, this cries out to be matched with seafood (***1/2)