Coombe Farm Enters the Boutique Wine Awards.

xavierThe Coombe Farm Wines have been entered into this year’s Boutique Wine Awards. Huon Hooke continues to Chair these awards now in their 18th year!

The Coombe Farm estate is approximately 220 hectares in area and located at the gateway to the Yarra Valley in Coldstream, commencing at the fork of the Melba and Maroondah Highways at Coombe Cottage, extending down to St Huberts Road.

In 1998, 60 hectares of vines were established on both sides of the Maroondah Highway, with the vision ‘to be the best and most preferred supplier of premium Yarra Valley wine-grapes and widely recognised as an industry leader in Best Practice viticulture, varietal selection and innovation.’

Varieties planted include the traditional Yarra Valley varieties and clones of Chardonnay (Mendoza or ‘Gin-Gin’, P58, 76, 96 and 277), Pinot Noir (MV6, 777, 114 and 115), Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, as well as the more unusual Pinot Gris, Arneis, Viognier and more recently Shiraz.

Nicole Esdaile is General Manager & Winemaker and she joined Coombe Farm on a permanent basis in January 2011 but has been consulting to us since late 2009.

Nicole is both a winemaker and a pharmacist and has over fifteen years experience in the wine industry in senior management roles, most recently as Chief Winemaker at Rutherglen Estates and previously as Senior Winemaker at Capel Vale Wines in Western Australia.

Of her new role at Coombe Farm Nicole says: “It is a very exciting new challenge for me. Coombe Farm has enormous potential. We have a great viticultural site, we produce fantastic fruit, our vineyards are approaching full maturity and we have the resources to trial new clones and varieties. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do!”

Xavier Mende (pictured) is Viticulturalist & Vineyard Manager and has overseen and tended the vineyards of Coombe Farm since they were planted in 1998.

He has gained a wealth of experience working in wineries and vineyards all over Australia and has a great understanding of the nuances of both the Coombe Farm site and the Yarra Valley. He is highly regarded by all the winemakers with whom he deals and is an integral part of Coombe Farm viticultural and winemaking operations.

Coombe Farm now consistently supplies premium and ultra-premium wine grapes to many of Australia’s leading and most innovative wine producers, selecting the best for our own boutique wine range.