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Hommage Pinot Noir 2016
Hommage Pinot Noir 2016
Attractive mid-garnet. The nose offers up a heady and complex bouquet of cherry plums and the forest floor together with a little dried herb and mortadella. In the palate, delicious primary flavours of cherries and plums, plus something like thyme, meld into a silky texture to which ultra-fine tannins add detail and persistence. This is a beautifully structured Hommage in which all is in its place including the lacy acidity that takes the wine from front to back with an ending that is clean and fresh.
Hurley Vineyard pays its respects to the traditional owners of the country and their elders past and present. As they treated their country with respect, so we are committed to doing so.
The traditional owners of the Mornington Peninsula are the Boon Wurrung Aboriginal people. The Peninsula was an important hunting and gathering place for the Boon Wurrung, as is evidenced by the many seashell middens in the area. It was also a birthing place for Aboriginal women.
Hurley Vineyard was officially opened in 2001 when Boon Wurrung ancestral elders performed a traditional ‘welcome-to-country’. This consisted of a ‘smoking ceremony’ in the winery and the presentation of a gift of leaves from a eucalypt tree. There was also a private ceremony in the vineyard.
This is us,
Kevin Bell and Tricia Byrnes.
Kevin is a winemaker and viticulturist. Tricia is the business manager and all else.
We have shared a love of wine, culture and the natural environment since first meeting in 1978. We visited vineyards and wine-making families and drank good wine wherever we could find it. Gradually our palates ‘went south’ to cooler climates where the best Australian Pinot Noir is grown and made. It was a natural step to do so ourselves. We had come to love and enjoy Pinot Noir most. The principle of terroir spoke to us personally and made some important connections in our lives. After much research and a long search for the right site, we chose the Mornington Peninsula, where the historic Hurley Farm virtually found us.
We planted Hurley Vineyard in 1998 and 1999.
With our children Imogen and Laurence and grandson James.
The History of our Property
William & Johanna Hurley
Hurley Farm was first established by Irish settlers, William and Johanna Hurley, in the 1860’s. The couple had 12 twelve children in the historic wattle and daub cottage which they built in 1876. It was derelict in 1998, but has now been restored. The youngest child, ‘Aunt Mags’, was born and lived in the cottage for a 100 years.
The Hurley cottage was the site of Balnarring’s first post office and a general store. The natural attributes of Hurley Farm, to which we were attracted in 1998, have been long-recognised as shown in this article in the ‘Mornington Standard’ on 6 September 1902:
“About half a mile distant from Mr Buckley’s, situated on the top of a hill, is Mr Hurley’s homestead. Unlike his neighbour, Mr Hurley pays more attention to fruit growing than dairying, having an orchard of about 15 acres in full bearing. Being situated on the side of a hill, it is naturally well drained, and as the aspect faces north-east, it gets the full benefit of the morning sun – a most important consideration in fruit growing in a cool, moist district – and it is immune from damage by strong winds, owing to the protective character of the surrounding country”.