Phaedrus Estate wasn’t always a mature vineyard with on site winery and friendly cellar door!
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 Pinot Gris
This is a typical Phaedrus Gris with aromas of poached pear and a big luscious palate. The grapes had a lot of colour this year and rather than strip it out along with the flavour we have left it in so the wine has a lovely coppery hue.
2015 Pinot Noir
As predicted in the last newsletter the 2014 vintage sold out in two months and the 2015 was released in June. The 2015 vintage was one of the coolest in the last 10 years and the Pinot has a certain elegance that you don’t get in the warmer vintages. Red cherry and spice with supple tannins, yum!
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
The vines have had a rest over winter and the buds are just beginning to burst……fingers crossed for a nice Spring!
Maitena checking out the budburst.