In 2005, Mount Pierrepoint Estate was thrust on to the wine stage when Huon Hooke handed them the top Pinot Noir trophy for their 2004 vintage at the Boutique Wine Awards Presentation. The same year they also won the Estate Grown and Produced trophy. Most of their vintages have won awards and received first-rate reviews, another more recent win being Best Dry Red with their 2009 Pinot at the Rutherglen Wine Show in 2010.
Pierrepoint Wines is a small family owned and run business established in Victoria in 1998 by Andrew and Jennifer Lacey – truly a boutique operation.
The Pierrepoint vineyards are located on the foothills of Mount Pierrepoint between Hamilton and Tarrington, and form part of the Henty Wine Region in the very cool climate of the south west of Victoria. The north-facing vineyard has an altitude of 200m with an average annual rainfall of 700mm. The vineyard is dry grown and managed organically when possible. The soils are predominantly red buckshot, which are derived from ancient volcanic basalt, rich in minerals and free draining.
Fruit from the Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay grape vines is highly sought after by renowned wine makers. With yields of up to three tonne per acre from the pinot gris vines, and two tonnes per acre from both the pinot noir and the chardonnay vines, the quality is assured.
“Our philosophy is to allow nature and seasonal variations to be expressed in the wine. Intervention is kept to a minimum, enabling the natural character of the fruit to be developed. The grapes are hand picked, and are kept at a cool temperature prior to entering the winery. They are then de-stemmed, and in the case of the Pinot Noir, fermented in open stainless steel vats. Utmost attention is given to the juice during fermentation including regular hand plunging. The wine is then matured for a twelve month period in new and old French oak barrels. It is then bottled and released six months later”. Jennifer Lacey Web site.