Kerri Greens (named after a local surf break) is a story of serendipity. It’s what happens when 2 young vignerons become colleagues, then friends and now partners in a boutique label that offers excellence and energising wines. Tom McCarthy (son of local Peninsula producers, Kathleen Quealy and Kevin McCarthy) is the lead winemaker at Quealy Wines these days and Lucas Blanck (son of winemaker Frederic, from Domaine Paul Blanck in Alsace) is viticulturist. It just doesn’t get any better. Since it began in 2013, Tom and Paul have worked tirelessly to bring life back to the various vineyards they manage, which form the basis of the disparate styles. Organics, sustainability and treading gently are important considerations. It’s also a family business strengthened by their wives, Alyce Blanck and Sarah Saxton, who are very much at the forefront not just the cellar door. Kerri Greens has its own strong identity. What’s really exciting is that this young quartet is respectful of a wine region that nurtures them, yet not afraid to shake things up. Bravo. (JF)
Kerri Greens was born in 2013 as a little experiment, a source of expression. Tom McCarthy, and Lucas Blanck identified the old Hickson vineyard in Balnarring as something of a project. There wasn’t a brand, just two emerging vignerons with plenty of ideas and the enthusiasm to make some mistakes. As their confidence buoyed, the project grew and has since found its home at the old Duke vineyard on Paringa Road, Red Hill South. Eight years on, and Kerri Greens remains entrenched in the vines, as the winemaker-viticulturist dyad manage three vineyard sites across the Mornington Peninsula; Silverwood (Balnarring), the heritage site Hickson (Balnarring), and the home site, The Duke (Red Hill). The vineyards are managed with a strict viticulture regime aimed at quality and sustainability, including no irrigation, inter-row cover crops, and spray regimes using organic principles. Off the vine, the winemaking follows a similar line, additions are kept to a minimum using wild yeasts allowing the unique biology of the vineyard and season to have its impact. There is no rush to bottle and where possible it takes place without fining or filtration. A relaxed and convivial cellar door at the home site in Red Hill embodies everything that this young brand is about. The full range of wines is available to purchase at the cellar door or via the website.
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Riesling
A relaxed and convivial space with picnic tables for BYO picnics, expansive lawns and views of the Red Hill valley below. Groups of up to 10 can book tastings and picnic tables via the website.
Fri - Sun 11am - 5pm
Details are correct at time of writing
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Viticult (NSW), all other direct from Winery