Onannon Single Site Wines June 2020 release

You would have to go a long way to find three more more open-hearted and utterly committed winemakers; the world is their oyster, their ambitions unlimited JAMES HALLIDAY’S WINE COMPANION

Onannon is a collaboration (in the best sense of the word) between Sam Middleton, Kaspar Hermann and Will Byron.  They are three mates and industry veterans who cut their teeth in Victoria’s Yarra Valley, amassing an enviable knowledge of locally grown Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from some of the Valley’s best vineyards and producers.

Many will recognise Sam’s name from the Iconic Mt Mary estate, where he is also in charge of the viticulture and winemaking for his family’s business.

In 2008 the boys put their combined experience together, travelled a short distance south to the Morning Peninsula, leased a vineyard in Red Hill and set up shop.  In addition to the Red Hill site they’ve sparked up relationships with vineyard owners on the peninsula and also nearby South Gippsland producing a suite of wines under the Onannon banner that champion regionality.  The best expressions of this are found in their single-site series of which the new releases will be gracing our shevles imminently.

First up is a superb Chardonnay from the Tuerong Vineyard, Mornington Peninsula. It is fresh and vibrant exuding grapefruit, just-ripe apricot along side herbs and a candied lemon peel on the palate. Delicious.

Then we have two excellent Pinot Noirs with distinct personalities.  A brilliant Gippsland Pinot Noir from Leongatha carries all the subtle, earth and baking spice nuance that characterises so many of Gipplsands best Pinots, whilst layering in a precision and lift that really adds to the shape of the wine.  Pulling it in for a very satisfying conclusion.  Really good stuff. The Red Hill vineyard Pinot is equally compelling but much more  exuberant and cherry laden with that distinctive dried cranberry twist.

They are in short great drinking wines, with character and pedigree.  I suspect one bottle of any of these wines won’t be enough for the dinner table, thus a six pack of any of them would not go astray.