06 October 2006
Pyrenees Wine Region
On the way to the Grampians we travelled through one of the many Victorian wine growing regions - The Pyrenees. We stopped the the Blue Pyrenees Winery for an exquisite lunch and indulgence in some of their product, although I had to watch and limit my consumption owing to the zero tolerance policy for driving under the influence. The individual "estates" appear to be much smaller than what we were accustomed ton in the Cape, and consequently there are a great deal more of them. The style of wine here is quite different to SA and we are still trying to get used to it. The predominant cultivar is Shiraz, and Cabernet is not nearly as predominant, often finding its way into blends with a Merlot or Shiraz. The preference seems to be for medium body wines or "cleanskin" styles, with the individual boquets being a lot more subtle! Nonetheless the process of discovery is most enjoyable with no shortage of opportunities: Once a month one of the Regions runs a wine tasting event in the heart of Melbourne; yesterday it was the turn of the Mornington Peninsula regions - one of the closest to the city.
At the moment Australia is also experiencing a glut of the ruby product so the prices are also quite manageable.