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Established in 1982, Dromana Estate was instrumental in forging the Mornington Peninsula’s reputation as one of Australia’s leading wine regions. Winner of 3 gold medals at the 2020 Sommeliers Choice Awards.
Chief winemaker Peter Bauer has been in the wine industry for more than thirty years, and brought his wealth of knowledge and experience to Dromana Estate in 2007. Bauer meticulously crafts outstanding French varietals like pinot noir, pinot gris and chardonnay, along with varietals that are not usually associated with the Mornington Peninsula such as viognier and sauvignon blanc. Taking an innovative approach to winemaking, he is well known for blending varietals together to create completely new taste sensations.
To showcase the varietal diversity of the Peninsula, they have created their Mornington Estate range. The wines are fresh and vibrant with distinctive regional characteristics. Their premium Dromana Estate range highlights the Peninsula’s extended, gradual ripening season that is ideal for producing award winning wines from classic, cool climate varietals. The Tuerong Park range is their limited-edition range, made from selected sections of the vineyard to which the winemaker has paid personal hands-on attention and care.
It is their belief that exceptional wines arise from great grapes and vineyard management with minimal intrusion and interference our wines achieve that sense of time and place, or terroir, to use the French term. By keeping the use of fungicides to the absolute minimum and endeavouring to use organic options when available they produce premium wines that are as sustainable and eco-friendly. They have always believed in using minimal preservatives throughout wine production, including during fermentation and filtering which allows the natural flavour of our wine shine through.
Our Chief Winemaker, Peter Bauer, has worked at Dromana Estate over the last 10 years. We have benefited from his wealth of knowledge and innovative winemaking skills. Peter meticulously crafts the ever popular Mornington Peninsula varietals, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, along with other materials associated with our coastal & cool climate weather conditions.
Produced from hand selected and harvested fruit, which was destemmed into open fermenters on top of 30% whole bunch. After the initial foot stomping to release the juices the ferment was left on skins for 1 month before pressing to barrel to rest for 18 months. Showing typical Syrah characteristics of blackberry, dark cherry, cocoa, warm spice and cedar characters on the nose with a hint of gamey complexity. This wine is the iron fist in a velvet glove. Dark and stormy, with rich plums and spice, it’s concentrated and impressively weighted on the palate, displaying expansive mouthfeel and rich texture, leading to a lengthy velvety finish. 15.2% Alcohol. Vegan friendly. Wine produced at Dromana Estate, Mornington Peninsula, with Estate grown fruit.
Blanc de Blanc, meaning white from white in French is a sparkling variety made purely from white grapes. In this instance we have made ours from 100% Chardonnay grapes sourced from the Macedon ranges, this was the last of the fruit that we sourced from outside our vineyard. This Blanc de Blanc was made in the traditional méthode champenoise, which requires a secondary fermentation in the bottle. This secondary fermentation is accomplished by adding a mixture of sugar and yeast to still wine. This wine is then bottled and capped, with a bottle cap similar to ones found on beer bottles – not a cork.
The Tuerong Park range of wines have been created to showcase the iconic varietals grown in our home vineyard, on the Mornington Peninsula. The Black Label wines are single vineyard wines made from selected sections of the vineyard to which the winemaker has paid personal hands-on attention and care
The fruit was gently pressed over 8 hours to extract every last drop. Fermentation was ceased at 8.5 Beaume’ to retain the perfect balance of sweetness, acidity and alcohol. It was then left for 6 months in old French Oak barrels. Peter has produced a wine that holds all the great attributes of a French Sauternes; honey, honeycomb, apricots and creme brûlée. The luscious flavours are complimented and balanced by a fine acidity giving it length and structure. 12.1% Alcohol. Vegan Friendly. Wine produced at Dromana Estate, Mornington Peninsula, with Estate grown fruit.