Mandala

Victoria | Yarra Valley

James' Review

Mandala is owned by Charles Smedley, who acquired the established vineyard in 2007. The vineyard has vines up to 25 years old, but the spectacular restaurant and cellar door complex is a more recent addition. The vineyards are primarily at the home base in Dixons Creek, with chardonnay (9.1ha), pinot noir (6.1ha), cabernet sauvignon (4.4ha), sauvignon blanc (2.9ha), shiraz (1.7ha) and merlot (0.4ha). There is a separate 4.4ha vineyard at Yarra Junction planted entirely to pinot noir with an impressive clonal mix. Exports to China.

About

Located in the picturesque Yarra Valley, Mandala proudly crafts wines of character and finesse, designed to be enjoyed with good food and great company.

Beginning with Yarra Junction Estate in 1999 and growing to include a second vineyard and become Mandala Wines in 2006, the Smedley family now has two separate Yarra Valley sites under vine. Both produce varietals that excel in the region; the Dixons Creek site is home to a mix of classic varietals, while the Yarra Junction vineyard was carefully selected for premium pinot noir production.

The 10 acre Yarra Junction vineyard was planted to four Burgundian pinot noir clones in 1999. With clay-loam volcanic mix soil and the characteristic warm days and cool nights of the Upper Yarra, the site is ideal for pinot noir and produced Mandala's first Single-Site wine in 2006: 'The Prophet' Pinot Noir. The Dixons Creek site - producing chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and shiraz - was purchased by the family in 2006 and has undergone extensive re-planting and development to become the home of Mandala Wines.

Mandala is led by owner and managing director, Charles Smedley, who has over 26 years experience in the wine industry, including extensive experience across Australia, Europe and Asia. Charles also oversees the winemaking team, motivated by his passion for the industry and his dream of producing the elusive 'perfect' wine. He considers it a privilege to live and work in the Yarra Valley, and continues to grow and develop Mandala Wines both nationally and overseas.

Specialities

Mandala Wines produce an Estate range and a Single-Site range of cool-climate wines.

The Estate range comprises of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Rose, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, NV Sparkling and Blanc de Blancs.

Made only when vintage conditions are in complete harmony, Mandala's Single-Site range are emblematic of a strong single-region, single-vineyard winemaking philosophy. The range now includes five wines, each one bearing its own icon representing a member of Mandala's founding Smedley family: 'The Compass' Chardonnay, 'The Prophet' Pinot Noir, 'The Matriarch' Pinot Noir, 'The Rock' Shiraz and 'The Butterfly' Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cellar Door

Information

Drop into the cellar door for a tasting and chat with our friendly staff.

All current release wines are available to taste every day, and the single-site wines join the list on selected weekends.

Back-vintages and Cellar Door-only releases are also available throughout the year.

Hours

Sun: 10:00am till 5:00pm
Mon: 11:00am till 4:00pm
Wed: 11:00am till 4:00pm
Thu: 11:00am till 4:00pm
Fri: 11:00am till 4:00pm
Sat: 10:00am till 5:00pm

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Food

Information

DiVino Ristorante presents a delicious menu which celebrates modern Italian cuisine.

The deluxe glasshouse restaurant is a firm favourite, along with its authentic Italian wood-fired oven.

Mandala's wines flow through the menu, and Chef Luca's trademark combination of the regional and international means all dishes are made with produce from the gardens and local valley sources.

Hours

Sun: 12:00pm till 3:00pm
Wed: 12:00pm till 3:00pm
Thu: 12:00pm till 3:00pm
Fri: 12:00pm till 8:00pm
Sat: 12:00pm till 8:00pm

Details are correct at time of writing

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Stockist Information

Distribution Information

Across VIC, NSW and QLD in partnership with Fesq and Company.

Details

Rating
Winemaker Charles Smedley, Don Pope
Established 2007
Dozens 10 500
Vineyards (area) 29 ha
Opening Hours Mon-Fri 10-4, w'ends 10-5
Address 1568 Melba Highway, Dixons Creek, Vic 3775
Telephone (03) 5965 2016
Website www.mandalawines.com.au