Steels Gate

Victoria | Yarra Valley

Our Review

Brad Atkins and Matthew Davis acquired a 2ha vineyard of 25 to 30yo dry-grown chardonnay and pinot noir in 2009. For reasons unexplained, the owners have a particular love of gates, and as the property is at the end of Steels Creek, the choice of Steels Gate was obvious. The next step was to engage French designer Cecile Darcy to create what is known today as the Steels Gate logo.

About

Steels Gate Wines maintains a focus on strengthening environmental sustainability across all facets from vine to final wine production. Both vineyards have been converted to dry-grown with a “minimal intervention” approach being taken, which includes majority organic fungicide spraying and no use of herbicides or pesticides . Matthew’s research into alternative measures to combat undervine weed growth and suppression have led to a transformational change in the way both blocks are maintained. In addition to organic fertilising, green manure crops have been planted to naturally bring essential minerals to their vines. Following the minimal intervention philosophy, when it comes to wine making the duo let the fruit command the wine, no enhancing chemicals and minimal sulphur added, no fining or filtering. Steels Gate Home Block Vineyard is situated at 230m above sea level and was planted in the late 1970’s on an undulating slope on friable grey loam soils. Purchased in 2009 by Matthew and Brad, this site was overrun by blackberries and the vines were in need of some significant nurturing. Having previously been used in award winning wines, the challenge was set to return the vines once again to their former glory. It is at this site that the Steels Gate winery is located. The block which is surrounded by King Lake National park consists of 50:50 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines and is completely un-irrigated and hand nurtured. In 2017, Matthew and Brad decided they needed to expand their business and get out of the corporate world. After investigating all alternatives, the two of them discovered an amazing vineyard with restaurant and cellar door for sale in Dixons Creek, which they acquired in early 2018. This new purchase tripled the size of their estate and in addition to adding more Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, it diversified their estate offerings with Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, plus a small amount of Cabernet Franc and Merlot vines (now used in their single barrel range). Expecting to run a cellar door with “cafe” type food, Matthew and Brad suddenly found themselves as restaurateurs for the first time ever as demand for top quality food was constant – with the restaurant recognised as a 4.7 out of 5 star establishment on Google and 5 out of 5 on Facebook.

Specialities

Chardonnay, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, merlot, cabernet franc

Cellar Door

Hours

Friday - Sunday 1130 - 530pm. Wine tasting by appointment only

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Food

Information

Sam (or Panda as affectionately known as by his loving family) is head chef at Steels Gate wines. His philosophy around food is to draw on his local, international and cultural experience. Sam loves to play with different ingredients especially herbs and spices to create amazing different flavours. On top of this, Sam’s approach is to use all fresh ingredients, much of which is grown onsite in the Steels Gate Chefs Garden, which Sam and his Comis Chef Lisa plant out to reflect seasonal dishes. As a result, the menus at Steels Gate Wines are always fantastic and multicultural.

Cuisine

Multicultural

Hours

Friday 11.30–5.30, Sat 11.30–9.30, Sun 11.30–5.30pm

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Stockist Information

Distribution Information

info@steelsgate.com.au

International Sales Information

brad.atkins@steelsgate.com.au

Stockist

www.steelsgate.com.au

Details

Steels Gate logo
Rating
Winemaker Brad Atkins, Matthew Davis
Established 2010
Dozens 2500
Vineyards (area) 7 ha
Viticulturist Matthew Davis
Opening Hours Fri–Sun 11.30–5.30
Address 1974 Melba Highway, Dixons Creek 3775 VIC
Telephone (03) 5965 2155
Website www.steelsgate.com.au