Winter Wine Weekend is here, celebrating wine, local food and crisp days and nights over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. The main event is the Winter Wine Fest at Red Hill Showgrounds on Saturday, June 8, with tickets on sale until sold out . . . and they will. On Sunday, June 9, winery cellar doors will throw down the welcome mat and showcase a more personal side of their craft. You can even visit us at the Wine Collective and meet the personalities behind smaller, hard-to-get wines and the winemakers of this glorious wine region — those that don’t have cellar doors. Here are some wines pouring at the Winter Wine Fest that are also built for winter nights. 

Yabby Lake Single Vineyard Syrah 2017 $36
When we talk about the sub-regions of the Peninsula, nothing could be more obvious than the warmth of the Tuerong and Moorooduc plains compared with the foggy hinterland of Red Hill and Main Ridge. There is a warmth on the lower slopes, perfectly expressed with Yabby Lake’s single-vineyard syrah — a variety that expresses itself wonderfully on the estate. It’s traditionally made, aged in larger 500-litre oak casks and then perfumed. It’s spicy and will drink lusciously under a starry night and in the company of good friends. 

Elgee Park Estate Chardonnay 2016 $60

In the spring of 1972, Sidney Baillieu Myer AC planted Elgee Park, establishing the Peninsula’s first commercial vineyard. A pioneering investor of viticulture in the region, his chardonnay today is built full of life, and that will suit a burning bum in front of the fire. It’s got crunch to match its concentrated punch, with plenty of stone fruit character that just keeps going. When it’s chilled it still delivers a lush fruit but will refresh even the warmest of faces. 

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