Region: Gippsland, VIC
The Tonimbuk site is a very special place, and for a few reasons. The vineyard (pictured on the front labels) sits in amongst the sprawling granite hills of Bunyip state park that bridges the south eastern reaches of the Yarra Valley and Gippsland. There are no other vineyards or farming near the site as behind it are thousands of acres of native forest. These are very special wines and sites for me and are the culmination of a lot of arduous work. No corners have been cut anywhere in the process and I am proud to say that these wines are the epitome of “natural” wine and are a true representation of site, season and vines. No adds, no so2, no racking, and most importantly no oak, enabling these wines to truly reflect their inherent nature.
There it sat for 8 months on full solids without being disturbed at all. It was then bottled by hand directly from that tank (without racking or moving the tank). It has spent a further 18 months in bottle since composing itself. The wine seems very refined. It is a dainty 9% alcohol but you wouldn’t know it, It has incredible structure and presence.
It is an elegant and haunting thing of beauty (I don’t say such things about my own wines lightly). It has so much vitality and freshness and is a very individual wine in it’s on right. - Notes from Dane