Steels Creek Estate

Victoria | Yarra Valley

James' Review

The Steels Creek Vineyard (chardonnay, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and colombard), family-operated since 1981, is located in the picturesque Steels Creek Valley with views towards Kinglake National Park. All the wines are made onsite by winemaker and owner Simon Peirce following renovations to the winery.

About

Steels Creek Estate was established in 1981. The vineyard is situated in the picturesque Steels Creek Valley (part of the Yarra Valley wine region) with sweeping views towards Mount Slide and the Kinglake National Park. There is an abundance of wildlife‚ contributing to the overall charm of the location. Visitors to the winery are warmly welcomed and can view the operations from the tasting area. Our philosophy of holding back our red vintages, so they express their bottle age characteristics continues. The difference is quite discernible since bottling. Well worth the wait!

The Steels Creek Valley was hit hard by the bushfires of February 7 2009. After a long night fighting the fire we managed to save ourselves, home, winery/cellar door and machinery shed. The 2009 vintage, some vines and trellising and most of the fencing were lost to the fire.


Back in 1981..... Initial plantings in the one hectare vineyard were Cabernet Sauvignon‚ Cabernet Franc‚ Merlot and Colombard. The Merlot failed to develop satisfactorily and was replaced with Chardonnay in 1990. The planting of Colombard is thought to be the only one in the Yarra Valley. The winery was added in 1994 as the viticulture interest developed into a greater appreciation of the end product and a desire to maximise the investment. Later in 1994‚ the vineyard was expanded by a further planting of Chardonnay and the introduction of Shiraz. Cellar door sales commenced in 1997 and are now operating each weekend and public holidays. The aim is to appeal to those wine consumers who appreciate the quality and uniqueness of the output of small wineries. Vineyard Our philosophy is that the wine is made in the vineyard. Significant efforts are made to optimise the quality of the fruit prior to the winemaking stage. Hence there are numerous passes through the vineyard to control the number of shoots (to keep the canopy open) and the quantity of the bunches (to maximise quality).

Details

Rating
Winemaker Simon Peirce
Established 1981
Dozens 400
Vineyards (area) 1.7 ha
Opening Hours Fri-Mon & public hols 10-6
Address 1 Sewell Road, Steels Creek, Vic 3775
Telephone (03) 5965 2448
Website www.steelscreekestate.com.au