- This wine is a blend of three vineyards. Our original Red Hill site (23 year old vines, MV6, 777) and a site in Shoreham (19 year old vines, MV6) and a site in Merricks North (20 year old, MV6) The fruit from all sites was handpicked and then transported back to the winery where it sat in a cool room overnight. We used all the 777 and some of the MV6 clone from our Red Hill site as the whole bunch portion. All the remaining fruit was destemmed and cool soaked for 4-5 days until Indigenous fermentation took place. The primary fermentation took between 5-8 days after which both ferments had one week post maceration. Natural MLF finished within 12 weeks, after which time the wine was racked and sulphured. We bottled the wine in late December.
Onannon is three people with one goal. The people are Sam Middleton, Kaspar Hermann and Will Byron, each of whom contributed the last letters of their surname to make Onannon. A friendship forged in winemaking studies was cemented in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with each of them serving stints at Coldstream Hills in the Yarra Valley in the noughties. Sam and Kaspar are still based in the Yarra, making wine at Mount Mary, while Will works at a winery on the Mornington Peninsula. Their goal at Onannon is to craft wines that speak a little of themselves and a lot of their place. This tight band of brothers has garnered a devoted following with bright, expressive wines made in minuscule quantities. They have a great future ahead of them.
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Region: Mornington Peninsula, VIC
“You would have to go a long way to find three more open-hearted and utterly committed winemakers; the world is their oyster, their ambitions unlimited.” James Halliday