Otway Ranges Victoria, Cool Climate Wines
Blakes Estate is located in Deans Marsh, approximately 3kms from the Otway Escapes luxury holiday houses.
Roger and Rosie Blake established the vineyard and are wonderful hosts, and very passionate about their wine producing.
Blakes Estate is nestled in the foothills of the Otway Ranges in Western Victoria.
The winery is situated only 16 km from the coast near the town of Lorne and the Great Ocean Road.
The close proximity to the coast ensures a warm summer and a long, dry autumn with temperatures modified by the maritime influence. This climate, together with the light, sandy, Tertiary aged Otway soils are perfect for growing Pinot Noir vines in which the vineyard specialises.
Blakes Estate winery makes a "Burgundy style" Pinot Noir and a "Champagne style" sparkling wine from their Pinot grapes. They also make a small volume of Rosé to compliment the other wines.
Read about the full range of Blakes Estate wines on their website.
Attention to detail and the small 4 acre vineyard enable the production of a first class Pinot Noir, rich in fruit flavours with a satisfying middle palate and a long finish. The wines are matured in fine French oak barriques for up to 12 months and kept in the bottle for a further year prior to release.
The vines are hand pruned, the grapes hand picked and the wine is hand made in the authentic French "Burgundian style", the area of origin of the pinot grape.
The wine is not filtered, instead relying on racking between barrels for clarification, and a minimum use of preservative to ensure the full pinot characteristics come through in the finished wine.
The Deans Marsh and Pennyroyal areas on the northern flanks of the Otway Ranges are noted for their strawberry and raspberry farms, which date back to the 1930's. Berries were sent daily by steam train to the Melbourne markets. Not surprisingly, there is a strong hint of raspberry with a touch of plum in the Blakes Estate's wine.