266 Meakins Road, Flinders Mornington Peninsula Victoria, Australia
0416 143 439 / 0407 391 991
11am – 4pm, Sat to Monday
Public holidays and other days by appointment.
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Most Victorian Public Holidays.
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Nazaaray Estate is owned by winemaker Paramdeep (or Param) Ghumman and his doctor wife Nirmal, who emigrated to Australia in 1981 from India .In 1991, while still living in Melbourne Param and Nirmal bought 50 acres of cattle farmland onVictoria’s Mornington Peninsula. It was on a hillside, exposed to the wind from all directions and overlooked the verdant landscape and wildlife haven of Greens Bush which is part of the State Peninsula forest reserve.
"The land exceeded our budget and our wildest expectations. We had no idea what we would do with it," says Param. They looked at crops such as olives, fruit trees and specialty produce such as pomegranate, but Paramdeep kept coming back to the dream of creating his own vineyard. The Mornington Peninsula is a region becoming known throughout the world for the cool maritime climate wines of great elegance, finesse, and intensity of flavour.
His son said he was having a mid-life crisis, his wife said he was mad, and a prominent vigneron took one look at the windswept acreage, immediately agreed with his wife and told him to buy land with vines already planted on it.
"But in your mid-life crisis you do what your heart tells you, not your head," says Param, who enrolled in a six-month evening course on viticulture (the first of many wine courses), then established Nazaaray (beautiful visions) Estate as the Mornington Peninsula's southern-most vineyard.
Nazaaray Estate is the southernmost vineyard on the Mornington Peninsula with sweeping views, wildlife and superb sunsets. Its location and largely North South orientation encourage a long, slow ripening season which produces fruit of outstanding quality and high natural acidity.
In 1996, Param planted 10 rows of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris (he was one of the pioneers of this variety in Australia), Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling, tried different trellising methods and vine spacing, and buried himself in research about cool climate varieties.
Nowadays just six acres are planted to Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz, and approximately 900+ cases of wine are produced each year.
Param opts not to irrigate the rich red basalt clay soil once the vines reached three or four years of age, wanting to force the roots deep into the ground in search of water and a true expression of the terroir. “That’s what extracts the real flavours from the minerals in the soil and the volcanic deposits that lie under it,” he says. “Our roots go down about three or four metres, but in Burgundy, some of the roots go down 100 metres.”
Pinot Noir is one of the most temperamental of grape varieties and it is Param’s prime focus. Multiple clones have been planted. Due to the vineyard’s cooler location at the southernmost tip of the Mornington Peninsula and its long, slow ripening season The natural acidity of the grapes is usually high at harvest.
|Location corrdinates||38.351°S. 145.064°E|
|Vineyard elevation||150 mt./600 – 700 feet|
|Soil||Fertile red basalt clay soil and mineral-rich volcanic deposits|
|Climate||Cool, with Antarctic maritime influence.|
|Heat degree days||October - April|
|Growing season rainfall||320-386 millimeters / 12.5-15.2 inches|
|Relative humidity, Oct - April, 3 pm||Average 55%|
|Varieties||Pinot Noir (4.2 acres), Pinot Gris (1.1 acres), Sauvignon Blanc (0.4 acre), Chardonnay ( 0.2 acre), Shiraz (0.1 acre)|
|Planting density||900-1100 vines per acre|
|Average vine age||19 years|
|Rootstock||Mixed Telecki and the Estate’s own rootstock|
|Pinot Noir clones||MV6, 114, 115, D2V5, D2V6, D5V12, 777|
|Flowering start date||Approximately 3rd week in November|
|Harvest||Mid-March to mid-April|
|Baume at harvest||3.5-14 Baume|
|Yield||Cropping is less than two tonnes/acre. Low yield of 8 tonnes across the whole vineyard.|
Most vineyards are a monoculture. Twenty years ago at Nazaaray more than. five thousand indigenous trees had been planted and the property at last had proper wind breaks.
One thousand Australian native bushes are planted between the vine rows to create separate vineyard areas and to harbour desirable insects, lessening the need for chemical sprays. Regular mulching for years with hay, keeps the roots cool, kills weeds and is improving soil quality through the creation of deep rich humus.
The recent introduction of free range hens and baby doll sheep, Alfie and his mowing team of Chester, Willbaa and Harry is yet another step in the vineyard's aim of sustainability. They help to clear out the grass patches between the rows of vine. No spray no heavy machinery for mowing and they fertilize simultaneously at no extra charge