As resident dog Sebastian bounds up to say hello, you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve stumbled upon an extended family gathering.
Hosts Liz and Simon Gillies designed Yal Yal Estate’s new cellar door as an extension of their home. The bijou cellar door opens up onto a deck, creating the perfect spot to sit with a glass of their estate-grown Chardonnay while sharing a platter of local produce with friends. With a strict limit of 20 guests, bookings are essential.
Vines were first planted on the Mornington Peninsula property in 1997 and the Yal Yal Estate label launched in 2010. The vineyard is managed with a low yield/high-quality approach, producing 2,500 cases a year of Chardonnay, Rose and Pinot Noir. A similar philosophy applies to the winemaking side of things, allowing the fruit and terroir to speak for themselves.
Winemaker Rollo Crittenden brings his passion and years of knowledge to the fore while embracing the beauty and finesse of wild fermentation.
Inspired by the pristine environment of the Mornington Peninsula, an area of stunning natural beauty and blessed with excellent cool-climate growing conditions, the Gillies are committed to producing wines that are a true expression of the place. Respect for the vineyard is evident as they work to improve soil health along with minimal use of chemicals.
We are indeed fortunate that the Gillies family have opened up their ideal corner of the world with a wider audience.
WHAT: Yal Yal Estate
WHERE: 21 Yal Yal Rd, Merricks
WHEN: Friday to Sunday 12noon – 5pm, bookings essential
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