916, established by John Brand and Erin-Marie O'Neill, is one of three wineries in the Wine Companion using three digits as their name, others being 919 and 201. A year after they acquired their 8ha property, bushfires destroyed their home and all their possessions, but they rebuilt their lives and home, reinvesting in wine and vineyard alike. Viticulturist John Evans, formerly at Yering Station and now at Rochford Wines, became involved with the vineyard in 1996. They chose their viticulturist well and they have a highly gifted winemaker in the form of Ben Haines. Exports to the US, China and Singapore.
916 Pinot Noir is produced from a single five acre vineyard in the Yarra Valley. Each bottle is protected to ensure authenticity, and the wine is traceable to specific areas in the vineyard. At its core, 916 Pinot Noir showcases site and seasonal variations which the Steels Creek micro-climate brings. Harvest is deliberately limited in quantity, handpicked, and segmented by distinctive fruit characters; under the guidance of Viticulturist John Evans and Winemaker Ben Haines. Serial number validation entitles detailed winemaking notes, viticulture information, and future pre-release allocations.
916 Steels Creek Road, Steels Creek, Vic 3775 (postal)
(03) 5965 2124