Hommage is North East facing and a lot more sheltered then Lodestone from the elements. A very small plot of just over 1 Hectare planted in 1998 & 1999. Kevin and Tricia are quick to acknowledge that this vineyard was made possible from the generosity of Main Ridge Estate who offered cuttings of the G5V15 Pinot clone. They regard Main Ridge as one of the key founding estates of Mornington, hence the title ‘Hommage’.
“Think wild strawberry & rhubarb, giving both fresh red fruit and green notes, but in a charming way. More tannin than Lodestone” – Neil – Francaboutwine
“Bright and finer boned from Hommage in 2021. Easy access, but all the right moves.
Pretty perfume, red cherry, faint raspberry, sage leaf, bay leaf, sea spray, mocha. In the palate, the same, but lithe and frisky, bright and refreshing, a web of lacy, sandy tannins shaping things nicely and the finish trails away in peppery and curry leaf spice. Yummo. It’s a vibrant expression yet still holds that Hurley compact house style, or vineyard detail. Fine wine.” – 96 Points – Mike Bennie – Winefront
North-facing vineyard of 1.4 Hectare that was planted in 1999. It’s exposition due North means it gets the most sun exposure of the three climats. It contains the Burgundian clones 114, 115 and 777, as well as MV6. Lodestone is magnetite, an iron mineral abundant in the vineyard soil hence the name.
“Red liquorice with red and dark fruits and a little spicy…I also tasted the 2021’s from barrel and it’s evident this red liquorice is a common note from this terrior. So light in colour in comparison to the other two climats, despite Lodestone and Garamond containing MV6 plantings so it seems very much the soil and topography create this difference in colour. Rocky spot with lot’s of ‘red iron’ – More of this terror in any other vineyard” – Neil – Francaboutwine
“This is structure personified. A shimmery tannin profile, slightly ferrous, so0ty, savoury, really nice and finishing the wine in a fine, silty pucker. Dark cherry, mocha, garam masala spice in the mix. Something refreshing here too. It feels very serious but drinks with a levity, a drinkability factor woven into the wine. It’s all up really good, is the message, and there’s immediate pleasure and a long future on hand.” – 95 Points – Mike Bennie – Winefront
Garamond is East facing and the last to be picked each year. It’s the coolest site given its exposure and is protected from the prevailing winds from SW and West coming across the valley behind the estate. Kevin passionately discussed with me the importance of picking parcel by parcel across this vineyard, despite the vineyard only being 1.2 hectares in size. All planted with MV6 Clone.
“The brooding 2021 Garamond takes some time to come out of its shell but then offers glorious cherry compote and dusty spice aromas, with touches of violets and a firm but balanced oak backbone. A strong earthy/ironstone core of flavour is impressive, which holds through to a long, strong finish. This is a serious wine that needs time.” – 94 Points – Angus Hughson – Vinous
“The most balanced and complete of Hurley’s pinots this vintage, with more flesh to the bones. Dark fruit, ripe, tangy and sometimes sweet, punchy acidity yet firm tannins and smoky, charry oak acting as a backdrop to the full-bodied palate.” – 95 Points – Jane Faulkner – Winecompanion