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Gembrook Hill

2850 Launching Pad Rd, Gembrook, 3783

Cellar Door: By appointment

Ph: (03) 5968 1622

The 6 ha Gembrook Hill Vineyard was established in 1983 by Ian and June Marks. The vineyard is hidden behind Mt. Dandenong and is the coolest and most southerly winery in the Yarra Valley.

The grapes are harvested usually in mid-April according to fruit flavours at about 13% baume. The vines are unirrigated and are pruned severely.

This viticultural management combined with the Gembrook’s chilly climate and terroir, result in small yields of grapes with much concentration and intensity of fruit flavour.

The portfolio includes Chardonnay, two Pinot Noirs (estate and the bistro style 'Mayer Vineyard', two Sauvignon Blancs (including an austere Fume Blanc) and a sparkling Blanc de Blanc.

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

Gembrook Hill Blanc de Blanc 2011

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2016, 4 years on lees, Upper Yarra Valley with good vibrancy from the cold vintage, very fine bead, white nectarine, green apple, green melon with a hint of grassiness and creamy lemon meringue, linear with crunchy grapefuit acidity  and briny chalky phenolics, arguably a touch under-ripe (****)

Gembrook Hill Blanc de Blancs 2010

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015, 4 years on lees, benefits from the good natural acidity of Upper Yarra Chardonnay, flavoursome but elegant lemon, stonefruit and green apple with yeasty lees and crunchy grapefruit acidity, linear and creamy palate with fine chalky texture, good persistence (****1/2)

Gembrook Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Purchased: Not ($42)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015, partial French oak barrel ferment,  bright tropical fruit nose, creamy lime, cut grass and orange peel with garden herb and white flowers, a touch of honeysuckle as well, minerally spine and finish, more Sancerre than Marlborough in style (****1/2)

Gembrook Hill Pinot Noir 2012,

Purchased: Not ($52)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015, slightly pale hue but nice line of supple. foresty maraschino cherry and glazed raspberry with rose petal and mint notes, medium bodied with charry oak, vibrant acidity and dusty tannins (****)

Gembrook Hill Chardonnay 2014

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting:  Dec 2015,  first release since 2008, difficult flowering conditions and frost greatly reduced the yield, brightly flavoured lime and white peach with hints of pineapple, creamy texture with restrained spicy cashew-vanilla oak, good acid (***1/2)

Gembrook Mayer Pinot Noir 2008

Purchased: Prince Wine Store, St. Kilda ($26)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: May 2011, pretty bistro style showing floral red cherry, plum and strawberry with rose petal notes and asian spices, medium bodied palate with a streak of minerality and barnyard nuances, finishes with fresh sappy acidity, toasty cedar-vanilla oak and fine, slightly astringent, tannins (***1/2)

Gembrook Pinot Noir 2008

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: May 2011, supple and medium bodied glazed cherry and mulberry with clove and warm spices, savoury palate has rhubarb earthiness and barnyard complexity, quite minerally with creamy oak and firm stemmy acids (***1/2)

Gembrook Hill Pinot Noir 2004

Purchased: Prince of Wales, St. Kilda ($35)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: (GXY) Tasting: Jan 2006, strong strawberry and black cherry flavours, bit of underlying sappiness, some spice notes but overwhelmed by the typical Yarra Valley ‘barnyard’ aroma, still very young, needs about three years to develop complexity (***1/2)