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
Queen’s Birthday Back Vintage Tasting is on again! We are open Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the long weekend for tastings and cheese platters 11-5pm.
That’s right folks, all our Reserve Pinots from the last 12 years will be on tasting plus a selection of older Shiraz, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.
Limited quantities available from some vintages will be available to purchase on the weekend.
We will also be at the Winter Wine Fest, Red Hill Showgrounds on Saturday the 10th of June.
Go to the MPVA website for more info.
Fiano is a classical Italian variety that was grown Ancient Roman times. The reason it nearly died out in the 1900s is that it crops poorly compared to varieties like Trebbiano but luckily some winemakers in Campagna, Southern Italy championed the variety and it is flourishing today! The wine is made like a Riesling and has similar structure but has distinctive floral and spice varietal characters and a “moorish” texture with great natural acidity.
We keep picking a the Chardy a bit earlier each year to capture the lemon/lime fruit spectrum and think we have nailed it this year!
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
Phew! A nice sunny March gave us perfect ripening conditions for the grapes which have come in with great flavours and natural acidity.
Crops were well below average due to the cold, wet spring with a lot of blocks only yielding one tonne per acre.
We sourced a batch of Fiano from down the road and it is a really exciting addition to the Phaedrus range. Still fermenting away but we hope to release it in July!