The Hurley Vineyard Story
Hurley Vineyard is an ‘insiders’ producer, a label that is perhaps less surrounded by fanfare and adulation than some of its more well-known counterparts. They are the quiet achievers that have been astutely producing Australia’s answer to Grand Cru Burgundy for nearly 20 years. To put it simply, this is a name that every lover of exceptional Pinot Noir needs to know, these wines will take your breath away. What we have here is a boutique winemaker, well-aware of the demanding nature of Pinot Noir vines and the level of fastidiousness required to make even a decent wine from them. Hurley Vineyard has managed to not only master the task and produce excellent wines but to claim their place among Australia’s greatest Pinot Noir producers. Hurley Vineyard is a quintessential Pinot Noir specialist project. Pinot is all-consuming for husband and wife team Kevin Bell and Tricia Byrnes. The small vineyard was planted over 20 years ago in the Balnarring sub-region, close to the ocean, and only 90m above sea level. It is 100% dedicated to Pinot Noir and is divided into three separate plots with most of the wines sold out through the cellar door. Winemaker Kevin Ball has called on some of Australia's greatest pinot winemaking talents to guide him along the way, including Nat White from Mornington icon Main Ridge and Philip Jones from Bass Philip, plus an unnamed winemaker from Gevrey-Chambertin. The wines are an amalgamation of Main Ridge's understated style combined with Bass Philip flair. They are exceptional Mornington Pinots that we can not recommend highly enough, these are wines that are not only in the upper echelon of Australian Pinot, but they sit comfortably among great Pinot on the World Stage.
Why's this wine for you?

With each passing vintage Hurley Vineyard cements its place as one of the New World's greatest Pinot Producers. Be among the few to secure a small allocation of this rare Mornington Peninsula gem and discover the wines that are elevating the standard for Australian Pinot Noir.

Hurley Vineyard is an ‘insiders’ producer, a label that is associated with fanfare and adulation than some of its peers. They are quiet achievers that have been astutely producing Australia’s answer to Grand Cru Burgundy for nearly 20 years.

Hurley Vineyard is a quintessential Pinot Noir specialist project. Pinot is an all-consuming occupation for husband and wife team Kevin Bell and Tricia Byrnes. The small vineyard was planted over 20 years ago in the Balnarring sub-region, only 90m above sea level. Dedicated to Pinot Noir and divided into three separate yet distinct plots, most of the wines are sold through the cellar door.

The low-yielding vines at Hurley curl arounds a small volcanic hill in Balnarring. The hill, itself a unique microclimat, is further divided into three sites, or ‘climats’, each with differing aspects and personality. These climats are Lodestone, Hommage and Garamond. The sites are comparatively tiny. Garamond, for instance, comprises only 1.2 hectares of easterly facing vines.

Wines of purity and finesse the 2020 range are exceptional Mornington Pinot Noirs and we can’t recommend them highly enough. Hurley Vineyard produces wines that are not only in the upper echelon of Australian wine but sit comfortably among the greatest Pinot on the World Stage.


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The Brief
How's it taste?
Hommage typically, it smells distinctly of ripe plums and the forest floor. It can have the subtle fragrance of flowers. Invariably it tastes of wine gums and jubes. You can always see soft, squishy berries, like mulberries, and firmer ones, like blueberries. The fermenting vats actually smell and taste that way! Hommage tastes more of fruit than earth. It is full and supple in the palate, but not loose. Our emphasis now is more on the freshness of the fruit - the point where the sweetness is balanced by velvety tannins. It is often described as ‘Burgundian’.
How was it made?
Hommage comprises 0.8 ha of north-easterly aspect. It is warm and bright, but its terroir is softened by the little corner pocket in which it sits. It is the child in-between. Because it is inclined to abundant growth and fruitfulness, we work hard in this vineyard. Bunch thinning is extensive. But the pace of growth is even, and there always seems to be time to do what needs to be done. It is 95% G5V15 (there are a few rows of MV6). Clone G5V15 is used extensively in the New World. It came to Australia from Wadenswil in Switzerland via the University of California at Davis, just as it did to Oregon and New Zealand. It is the clearly the best of the first generation clones to be used on the Mornington Peninsula. Hommage was 60% planted in 1998 and 40% in 1999. Hommage the name honours the winemaking families who have gone before. We owe them much and, in this way, acknowledge our debt.
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92 Points
Huon Hooke - The Real Review
Medium-depth red colour with a tint of purple in the rim. The bouquet is quiet and reserved, with a meaty-charcuterie overtone, traces of Campari and pepper later. Dried herbs and undergrowth emerge. The fruit is of medium intensity, while the tannins form a skein of texture and grip at the finish that drives the palate on and contributes to its persistence. This would benefit from a little cellar time, I suspect.
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