Our Journey so far….
It started as a concept dreamed up by us in our fourth year at Adelaide Uni way back in 1997. Starting out with a small overdraft we bought some barrels, tanks and grapes and started making wine under the Phaedrus label in 1998. We bought the property as a run down hobby-farm in 2000 and planted 5 acres of vineyard then built the cellar door in 2001 and the winery in 2004.
Since the beginning we haven’t lost site of the goal that started it all; to produce world-class wine from the Mornington Peninsula for the enjoyment of all!
Cheers, Ewan and Maitena
2016 Phaedrus Pinot Noir
The warm but not hot 2016 vintage was great for producing the classic Phaedrus style of Pinot. A ripe, plush style of Pinot with loads of raspberry and red cherry flavour balanced by restrained oak. The mouthfeel and palate structure is long and supple with a generous fruit weight that makes it a pleasure to drink, yum!
2014 Single Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir (96 points in Halliday)
The 2014 vintage gave us ridiculously low crops but very concentrated wines. Just two barrels came off our special acre block so the wine is 50% new oak and 50% 2nd use. The dense, ripe fruit eats the oak up though and the wine has a depth and structure that suggests a long life.
In all honesty I wasn’t happy with 96 points for this wine; should’ve been 98!
2014 Single Vineyard reserve Shiraz
Could this be our best Shiraz ever? Normally the Shiraz is ready to bottle after 18 months in barrel but not this wine! The berries in 2014 were so small the wine has a really dense tannin structure that needed to unwind in the barrels for a full two years. Rich dark berries, spice and some really nice oak. Just 1000 bottles made so grab some for your cellar while you can!
Vintage 2017 Update
A very cold and wet Spring have seen the vines have a tardy start and they are now flowering which is two weeks later than average. This will put the picking dates back at least two weeks so as long as we get a reasonably dry Summer it could be a great vintage!
Gus cleaning up the vine trunks November 2016