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His wine, made from fully de-stemmed grapes grown on sandy loam, showed these characteristics well as did the others.

Well worth mentioning here are the Kooyong Single Vineyard Ferrous Pinot Noir – incredibly long and intense, reflecting the very low yield – the Yabby Lake Single Vineyard Pinot which has great complexity and purity of fruit; and the Moorooduc Estate Robinson Vineyard Pinot which showed great cherry fruit and surprising complexity for such a young wine, with savoury notes supporting the tannins.

Little wonder then that although Mornington Peninsula isn’t well known beyond Australia (and much of the wines are consumed in the fine restaurants of Melbourne’s trendy suburbs like Carlton, Toorak, South Yarra and Malvern) several wineries have already achieved international acclaim.

These include Paringa Estate, whose Pinots have become world famous, and 10 Minutes By Tractor, so named because when it started operation 20 years ago it comprised three family vineyards that were literally ten minutes tractor journey from one another.

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And there was a surprise – well, two – with Crittenden’s 20 Cri de Couer Savagnin.For those unfamiliar with it, Mornington Peninsula is where Melbourne goes to play.Located one hour south of the city, it has long attracted people to its sunny beaches at such resorts as Sorrento and Portsea.They include a series of tastings organised by Wine Australia, Liberty Wines’ stand-alone Australian tasting held at Somerset House, and other happenings at which Australian wine features strongly.To kick off the party though, nine winemakers from the little known region of Mornington Peninsula gathered for what turned out to be a superbly organised masterclass and tasting at Australia House.

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