Release 2018 Rooster Pinot Noir & Cellar Door after lock-down

Release of 2018 Rooster Pinot Noir

The 2016 Rooster Pinot Noir is now sold out so we have released our 2018 vintage (we did not produce a Rooster in 2017).

As with the 2016, The Rooster is selected from the various clones, batches and barrels of Pinot Noir we made in that vintage and then given extra time in barrel. The aim is to create a wine that drinks well on release, but will develop and reward cellaring - a bigger style of Pinot Noir than our regular.

To celebrate the release we are taking some 2016 wines from our museum collection to offer a small number of Pinot Noir Tasting Packs. These six packs comprise on bottle of each of our 2016 Pinot Noir and Rooster Pinot Noir and two each of our 2018 Pinot Noir and Rooster Pinot Noir.

Interestingly, while all of these wines won show medals prior to release, the Pinot Noirs  were gold medalists and the Roosters silver and bronze. But which do we prefer now??? See what you think.

As there are a very limited number of these we have not listed them in our on-line store. If you would like one of these packs, send us an email with your phone number and we will contact you to sort out the transaction. The price for the Pinot Tasting Pack is $220 (plus freight if applicable).

Click on this link to check out the 2018 Rooster Pinot Noir.


Cellar Door after 1st June

As you know, since the lock-down we have been operating the Cellar Door as a bottle shop only with no on-premise consumption.

We are in the process of gaining a better understanding of the new "rules of racing" post lock-down. Working out how and when we might begin to again offer food and wine consumption at the cellar door. What seems clear is that:
  • wine tastings along the traditional lines will not be allowed
  • you will only be able to consume wine on the premises if you are having a meal
  • no share platters - only individual plates/meals
  • seating inside will be very limited for the foreseeable future (while ever distancing rules remain at 4 square metres per person) - so we will basically be an outdoor venue
  • we will have to record the name and contact details of all patrons

We are in the process of revising our blackboard menu and our operational procedures and will be in contact with further information. Importantly, we will remain open for bottle sales but may not be set up for on-premise consumption for the June long weekend.

Stay safe.
The Purple Hen Crew