Prancing Horse has been invited to enter the "invitation only" SIX NATIONS WINE CHALLENGE 2018 to be held in October of this year. Well known Australian Wine Judge and wine journalist Huon Hooke has selected the three Prancing Horse Estate wines from the 2017 vintage ( Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay ) to line up against the best from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, America and Chile.
See Huon's reviews of all our 2017 wines in our LATEST NEWSLETTER ›
This has coincided in being named by THE REAL REVIEW team of Huon Hooke, Bob Campbell and Toni Patterson as one of the top 100 wineries of Australia in 2018. For those keen to get access to the 2017 vintage the Pony range and the Estate Pinot Gris have been released and the 2017 Estate range of pinot noir and chardonnay will be released in September. We are taking orders now for the 2017 Estate range < DOWNLOAD ORDER FORM >
If you are looking for older vintages please note the Prancing Horse Estate Single Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay 2015 as well as the Prancing Horse Estate Single Vineyard Reseve Pinot Noir 2015 is now SOLD OUT. At $100 per bottle these two wines are a limited release of only 300 bottles of each wine. For the 2016 vintage we have only released a single vineyard RESERVE Pinot Noir.
Prancing Horse Estate has been awarded The Real Review Certificate of Excellence and a place in the inaugural Top Wineries of Australia 2018.
The Real Review Certificate of Excellence and Top Wineries list are new initiatives that aim to identify, promote and reward wine excellence.
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Vintage 2018 is now safely in barrel following a growing season that once again pushed the envelope for defining the new normal on the Mornington Peninsula with growth across the region the most prolific on record but in our vineyard, it was a different story.
This year we harvested 16 tonnes of fruit, a significant drop in yields from the 23 tonnes of the previous year.
A shift in weather mid-way through the growing season saw a forty-percent reduction across our dry-grown Pinot Noir vineyard. Eleven days of sticky, humid conditions proved a big test for our biodynamic approach as downy mildew appeared in sections of the vineyard after that unusual humidity. The normally reliable south-easterly sea breeze didn’t materialise to prevent the disease, but in the vineyard, the recently configured Scott Henry trellis and Paul’s canopy management preserved some fruit for harvesting albeit substantially less than earlier forecasted.
Some weeks prior to this episode, I was thinking of dropping fruit but afterwards the vines were carrying less than a tonne-and-a-half per acre. The adjusted load has provided more intense flavours and palate density so, in a way, nature green harvested the vineyard.
Now safely in oak, the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir have concentration and structure with beautiful natural acidity that we are very excited about.
Tony & Cathie Hancy.
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The Blue Trees' Konstantin Dimopoulis recently won the Landscape category at the 2015 USA CODAwards.
"Visually striking and provocative, it makes a powerful design and environmental statement. It is a physical, visual and intellectually engaging work." Kathy Chia
For more information please visit ... www.codaworx.com/awards/codaawards/2015
This is a wonderful result with Kontstantin's family and Prancing Horse Estate very excited with the award.
Hello to all, as Winter decends, we celebrate the seasonal change by reflecting on the 2013 wines and 2015 vintage, two of the best years our region has ever seen.
In this newsletter we profile the current 2015 vintage, 10 years in retrospect at Prancing Horse Estate and provide initial assessments of the 2013 wines in bottle. In recent months various magazines have included excellent ratings for some of our older wines.
However, we have no stocks left of many of these wines. So I am offering to buy any bottles of Prancing Horse Estate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from 2003 to 2010 at DOUBLE the price originally paid. Please contact me directly if you wish to take up this offer and you can spare a bottle or two from your stocks.
The newsletter also includes exciting news about our proposed Burgundy 6 day bike ride/wine tour scheduled to coincide with the Tour de France in July 2016. The opportunity exists for 10 people to participate in the pilot of this trip during early October this year. Expressions of Interest are now open to join either the Pilot in October this year (you will be charged at cost only) or the trip in early July 2016. A 6 day trip itinerary and cost per person will be finalised during October. Call me on 0419 393 145 for further details.
In the coming months we will be extending our Coterie wine group to include a Wine Club with a great opportunities to access the Prancing Horse Wines and our imported range from France. The Wine Club details will be announced in August and the Club will commence from the beginning of September. In the meantime see our offer to become a winemaker for the day, with Sergio Carlei, available to anyone buying 2 dozen bottles or more of Prancing Horse Estate Wine. There is also a 20% discount applicable on any purchase of this quantity of wine.
If you enjoyed this newsletter please share this email with your family, friends and business contacts.
Tony & Cathie Hancy.
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Wine Tasting Room
OPEN EVERY WEEKEND
Saturday & Sunday : Midday - 5pm
Sunday by appointment - 1.5hr international wine tutored tasting sessions
Bookings : 0416 059 448 or 0419 393 145
The festive season at Prancing Horse Estate will see this biodynamic pioneer of the Mornington Peninsula welcome guests into the cellar door with a tasting experience that is unparalleled across the region.
On Saturdays, flights of locally-made Red Hill South wine will take centre-stage while on Sunday; top quality French wines will be tasted along with local wines and a selection of international cheeses and bread. On Saturday, Cellar Door Manager Denise Dwyer explores the Prancing Horse style and terroir with a vineyard ramble and discussion on rootstock, clones, soil and trellis. Back in the cellar door, while enjoying stunning views across Western Port, a $10 tutored tasting includes three backvintage wines from both the Pony and Estate range alongside the current release wines to contrast the evolving style. On Sunday, the cellar door turns into an International biodynamic wine centre. For $35 Prancing Horse Estate wines are available alongside some great Burgundy and Chablis wines made by Pascal Marchand and Patrick Piuze under the Prancing Horse label. The comparison of a flinty and austere Les Rosiers Chablis or an intensely floral Meursault Blagny next to a spicy and fruity Prancing Horse Estate Chardonnay enjoyed with a cheese platter, bread and olive oil is great value at $35 per head.
Denise Dwyer is a French wine expert and her knowledge will make this day totally memorable. Her insights will allow guests not only a better understanding of the wines’ terroir but also the important consideration of food and wine pairing. This heady experience is not just a must for any cool climate wine enthusiast, but a must for all wine lovers. Saturday: Prancing Horse Local Wines Made Naturally. Taste and enjoy four estate grown Chardonnay or Pinot Noir biodynamic wines for $10 Sunday: Prancing Horse International Wine Experience. Guests taste a range of great wines from Burgundy, Chablis & Red Hill South. Whites include Meursault Blagny, Chablis and estate grown Chardonnay. Reds include Morey Saint Denis Clos des Ormes, Nebbiolo and a range of Estate Pinot Noir. All wines served with a cheese platter including bread and olive oil for $35.
Bookings Essential, contact: Denise Dwyer phone 0416 059448 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Prancing Horse Estate
Paringa Road Red Hill South VIC 3937
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2011 Prancing Horse Estate Pinot Noir
This is a fragrant wine with a warm fruity nose of cherry fruit a hint of oak and a little lift. On the palate there is bright fruit complexity with floral, strawberry and rhubarb crumble, herb and sautéed greens. A nervy spine brings subdued tannins and a crisp finish
Viticulturist Paul Danaher speaks about 2011
Despite rain at both ends of the season, this was a small but particularly fine vintage. It was a wet year; we saw quite heavy winter rain in early spring that dried up in December to allow flowering and fruit set to occur. The cold wet weather returned, continuing into February and March but fortunately in April temperatures returned to normal allowing fruit to ripen slowly into vintage. Despite the cool weather and some disease pressure, our vineyard saw fruit picked in excellent condition with average yields and plump berry weight higher than average.”
After recently returning from France, Tony discussed a new project with internationally renowned New Zealand sculptor Kon Dimopolous. Kon is quietly rethinking what art looks like or does, with installations that have a community approach and that tackle compelling issues like the environment and destruction of nature. When he finishes his current project in the US in October, Kon will begin installing Blue Trees at Prancing Horse - a community project we want people to get involved in. Blue Trees will be a striking kinetic sculpture sympathetic to the Estate’s overall concern for the environment.
The installation sees a stand of trees transformed into blue poles. It’s thought they may then become a reference for directions, a meeting place, a conversation point, a much photographed tourist curio or simply a constantly changing visual attraction. “It’s to draw attention to the environment but when installed, we’ll be inviting our friends and passers-by to stop and contemplate its raison d’être” says Tony. “We’re doing this really to reinforce our own sustainability message but who knows what other interest it may spark!”
The 2014 winter continues to bring cold, wet and windy conditions from Bass Strait with cold winds that help make this region renowned for its wine. While it’s not the best time to be working outside, Paul Danaher, and his team are busy pruning and preparing beds in anticipation for the start of spring.
In Cathy’s garden, planter boxes have been composted and planted with a variety of vegetables and herbs to showcase the biodynamic story. The herb and veggie garden has become an interactive space for visitors to learn and enjoy. As spring and summer approach watch how this garden grows along with the roses that we pruned in late July for visitors to admire at the cellar door.
The remnants of the Blue Trees exhibition can still be seen in the car park and garden reminding us to start planning for our next exhibition in time for summer.
THE BLUE TREES PROJECT IN RED HILL SOUTH
On Easter Sunday, we opened the vineyard and invited guests to view The Blue Trees, an environmental art installation by artist, Konstantin Dimopoulos.
Konstantin launched The Blue Trees at the Vancouver Biennale in 2011 and since then he has created it to great acclaim around the USA - in Sacramento, Seattle, Houston, Galveston, Albuquerque, Norcross, the University of Florida and the Samuel Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville. Last year he created The Blue Trees outside St Paul's Cathedral in London for the City of London Arts Festival.
‘Art is about creating the crack that allows in the light of an idea to reach us,’ says Konstantin. ‘The Blue Trees creates a surreal environment, provoking us into noticing the trees. They move from mere backdrops to centre stage, reminding us of the fragility of nature, and that only 30 percent of the planet’s Old Forests remain.”
Konstantin is an established artist with public sculptures in Australia (including his linear work Red Centre below Federation Square); New Zealand and around the USA. In May he installed two public sculptures in San Diego and in June he installed a major public sculpture, Wheatfield With Crows in Edmonton, Canada.
“Konstantin will also create a public sculpture at the 2014-2016 Vancouver Biennale alongside some of today’s most recognised artists including Andy Goldsworthy (UK), Ai Weiwei (China), Bernar Venet (France), Jonathan Borofsky (USA) and Magdalena Abakanowicz (Poland).”