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9 to try: benchmark Geelong wines

Publish Date: 09 Feb 2018

Authored by: Halliday Wine Companion

Get a taste of Geelong with the ‘best of the best’ examples ahead, showcasing the star varietals and varied expressions found across the three sub-regions (the Surf Coast, Bellarine Peninsula and Moorabool Valley).

Geelong Pinot Noir

2016 Clyde Park Vineyard Single Block D Bannockburn Pinot Noir (Moorabool Valley)
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The palate has the power and drive of a tip top great Premier Cru from Vosne Romanee, and a superior outlook for cellaring… View full tasting note.

RRP $75 | 2041 | Clyde Park Vineyard

2013 Brown Magpie Paraparap Single Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir (Surf Coast)
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Only two barrels of this deeply coloured pinot were made, given extra months in toasty French oak… Please cellar this for at least 5 years, and you will be rewarded on earth if not in heaven. View full tasting note.

RRP $60 | 2022 | Brown Magpie Wines

2013 Scotchmans Hill Cornelius Single Vineyard Pinot Noir (Bellarine Peninsula)
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Plum is in the foreground, red and black cherry in the mix of the background; fills the mouth with luscious fruit supported by high quality French oak and excellent tannins… View full tasting note.

RRP $60 | 2028 | Scotchmans Hill

Geelong Chardonnay

2015 Bellbrae Estate Boobs Chardonnay (Surf Coast)
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Very good wine; has complexity and attitude to burn; racy grapefruit/white peach duo, oak a contributor but not OTT… View full tasting note.

RRP $35 | 2025 | Bellbrae Estate

2014 Austins and Co. Custom Collection Ellyse Chardonnay (Moorabool Valley)
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A superb example of Geelong chardonnay, citrus, melon and stone fruits lead to a remarkably fine… View full tasting note.

RRP $60 | 2028 | Austins and Co.

2015 Banks Road Soho Road Vineyard Chardonnay (Bellarine Peninsula)
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From the estate vineyard planted in '78 [the oldest on the Bellarine Peninsula], this is an elegantly intense chardonnay, with pink grapefruit and white peach driving the… View full tasting note.

RRP $40 | 2024 | Banks Road

Geelong Shiraz

2015 Provenance Shiraz (Moorabool Valley)
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The adventurous winemaking has worked a treat, investing this deeply coloured, multilayered, medium to full-bodied shiraz with both flavoured and textured complexity… View full tasting note.

RRP $32 | 2040 | Provenance Wines

2015 Terindah Estate Single Vineyard Shiraz (Bellarine Peninsula)
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The fruits are more red and purple than black, and there is a spicy/savoury/foresty/peppery patina to the bouquet and palate alike. Complexity is its middle name… View full tasting note.

RRP $50 | 2030 | Terindah Estate

2014 Dinny Goonan Single Vineyard Shiraz (Surf Coast)
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The spices and flavours come at you roly-poly, pell-mell, tumble-bumble. White pepper, twigs, leaves, stems, the lot… View full tasting note.

RRP $30 | 2028 | Dinny Goonan

Other top Geelong wines to try:

Oakdene Jessica Sauvignon, Farr Rising Gamay, Lethbridge Pinot Gris, del Rios of Mt Anakie Cabernet Sauvignon, "Heroes" Vineyard Riesling.

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