Thursday, March 18, 2021

Nazaaray Eastate - 38° 27' 08"S , 144° 57' 27" E


Nazaaray is the vineyard next door to Gabby's and they make the very yummiest wines. We managed to arrive in Flinders in time for the picking of the 2021 Chardonnay. A great day out socializing with the neighbours.  And we were treated to a preview of the just-bottled 2020 vintage!

Nazaaray is the Peninsula's southernmost winery and is run by Paramdeep and Nirmal Ghumman, hailing from Punjab in India. It is managed using sustainable practices - planting of natives trees, minimizing chemicals by using chickens and sheep to keep down the weeds, using hay as mulch, handpicking the grapes (see above!!) and handmaking the wine. Their wines are superb.  Nazaaray Reserve Pinot Noir 2015 was rated in the top five Australian Pinots tasted by wine writer Janice Robinson and their wines appear on wine lists of some of the best restaurants in Melbourne.

And here we are, kicking back sipping on some gems.  We both love the chardonnay, the pinot is amazing and the shiraz we enjoyed over dinner out first evening at Gabby's, was outstanding.  Our favourite, and the wine we will be lugging back to Canada, is the Pinot Meunier.  We had never heard of the grape but Param educated us!  It is a champagne grape and is one of the most widely planted grapes in France and accounts for 40% of the grapes in the Champagne region.

And Param turns it into an absolutely stunning wine.

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