5 Star Rated Winery – By James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion 2018
This project started in the early 1990’s by a group of Melbourne based wine enthusiasts who shared the
common goal of creating Burgundian style wines in Australia. Vineyard sites around the town of Leongatha
were acquired and planted with the first vintage being produced in 1999.
In 2008, winemaking lecturer and industry consultant, Mark Matthews joined Caledonia Australis in the
dual role of vineyard manager and winemaker and very soon after acquired the major vineyards from the
partnership. In 2009 Mark acquired the brand names and the stock making ownership a family affair with
wife Marianna who until recently held the position of ‘Global Insights and Planning Manager’ at Treasury
The 30 acres of close planted dry grown vineyards are an average of 18 years old with the Chardonnay block
certified Grade A organic. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are currently planted and a new block of Gruner
Veltliner will be ready for it first commercial crop in 2017.
Made unashamedly in an old world style, hand harvested with fruit cropping levels always below 2 tonne
to the acre. The wines are made with minimal additives and intervention with the primary focus of the end
product being texture and structure. Natural fermentation occurs and the wines are placed in a mixture of
new, one and two year old barrels.
These wines are defined by the purity of fruit with as little winemaking intervention or oak influence as
possible. Primary and malolactic fermentation occur naturally and the wines are generally given 12 to 16
months in previous use oak with light lees contact.
2016 Chardonnay – Organic