In 2004, we decided to expand our interest in viticulture and began our own wine production. Our first vintage produced only 44 cases of cool climate pinot noir. This tiny vintage started a quest to produce quality wine which has never waned. In 2005, the second vintage, of only 70 cases, was reviewed by James Halliday to be one of the 20 best pinots in Australia, with a score of 95 points.
Since those beginnings Nintingbool has ‘expanded’ to produce a still tiny average of 350 cases of Pinot Noir, as well as tiny volumes of Shiraz, sourced from a small vineyard near Clunes, and estate grown Rose. In 2016 we also produced our first vintage of Chardonnay from locally sourced grapes.
Our vines are all hand pruned and picked - we ensure that our fruit is always handled with great care to maintain premium quality. Our wines are fermented in small vats to allow for a combination of whole bunches; wild yeast and a variety of carefully selected yeasts. Wines are matured in French oak barrels and coaxed through the winter with electric blankets to maintain a constant temperature in the very cool Ballarat climate.
1998 – first planting of Pinot Noir MV6
1999 – second planting of Pinot Noir MV6
Nintingbool has been our family property since 1982. In 1984 we built our home from old bluestones, gathered from around the local area and dating back to the goldrush period. Since then we have established an extensive Australian native garden and home orchard.
The property includes two large dams, which now supply water for the vineyard. Our children, Mark, Sarah and Rachael have helped us to develop the vineyard.