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Brandy Creek

570 Buln Buln Rd, Drouin East, 3818

Cellar Door: Thurs-Sun and pub hols (10-5), restaurant open evenings Thurs-Sat

Ph: (03) 5625 4498

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Brandy Creek at Melbourne's Federation Square Regional Showcase

Brandy Creek is a relatively new winery, 3 ha vineyard and restaurant located a few km outside of Warragul with spectacular views of the Baw Baw Ranges. They have twice won the Best Tourism Winery in Gippsland Award.

It was established by Marie McDonald and Rick Stockdale in 1997 although the first wines released under their own label did not come out until 2005.

The food focus is on Spanish tapas and paellas so it should come as no surprise that their best wine is a Tempranillo.

The contract-made food-orientated wines also include a sparking, late harvest and dry Pinot Gris, sparkling Tempranillo, Pinot Rose, Pinot Noir, Unwooded and wooded Chardonnay and Shiraz. Some of the grapes are purchased from other local growers.

The Spanish themed Cafe at Brandy Creek (photo courtesy Brandy Creek)


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)

Brandy Creek Tempranillo 2013

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2016, glossy and extracted red cherry and dark plum with bayleaf, violet and cola notes, plump and medium-full bodied with dusty savoury tannins and overt cedar/coffee oak (***1/2)

Brandy Creek Tempranillo 2009

Purchased: Not ( $28)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, rich extracted style for the region showing plum and sour cherry with violet, cinnamon and dried fennel notes, medium-full bodied with good acid and tannin balance, fine savoury tannins and good length, the generous cedar-coffee oak also brings some warm toasty oak spices to the back end (****)

Brandy Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Purchased: Not ( $25)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, grassy with bright passionfruit, tropical fruit and lime flavours, soft chalky texture with a touch of snow pea and red capsicum on the finish, grainy phenolics (***)

Brandy Creek Pinot Gris 2010

Purchased: Not ( $25)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, easy drinking, light pinot grigio style with nashi pear and melon with a touch of spice and honeysuckle, this time the lemony acid balance is about right to give this wine some drive (***)

Brandy Creek Late Harvest Pinot Gris 2009

Purchased: Not ( $25)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, light copper tinge to the colour, some barrel ferment, sweet pear drop and honeydew melon with dried apricot, honeysuckle and quince nuances, fine phenolics with the lime accented acidity now just a little too soft for the richness (***)

Brandy Creek Sparkling Tempranillo 2009

Purchased: Not ( $35)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, bottle fermented, sweet red fruits with spice and savoury notes, the sweet entry is offset by some rather sour cherry/plum flavours, broad with obvious dosage, still not convinced about the suitability of Tempranillo for the sparkling red style (***)

Brandy Creek Tempranillo 2007

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2010, fairly extractive but is positively varietal which is a good thing for the winery’s Spanish themed restaurant, sour red cherry and plum with violet and fennel notes, lively sappy acids matched with rich coffee-cedar oak, fine grained tannins, good length, the warmer vintage has a positive influence in a region this cool (****)

Brandy Creek Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2010, a cool vintage light-medium bodied style showing dark plum and red cherry with a touch of liquorice and black pepper, the earthy palate has savoury rhubarb aspects, creamy oak and powdery tannins, some fruit hollowness on the back half stops it from getting a higher score (***)

Brandy Creek Pinot Gris 2009

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2010, rather delicate pear and peach with a fine talcy texture, very much in the Pinot Grigio quaffing zone despite a touch of honeysuckle and spice on the mid-palate, rather soft citric acid finish (**1/2)