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Kathleen Quealy and Kevin McCarthy were pioneers of the Mornington Peninsula wine region. This power couple were not only part of the early wave of growers to begin seriously exploring and planting vineyards in the Mornington Peninsula in the early ‘90s, they were the first producers to identify this area’s potential with Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio. Their work with this variety made the grape a household name in Australia. Study trips to Collio (1995) Alsace (1998), and the pilgrimage to Josko Gravner (2006), all had a profound influence on Quealy and McCarthy’s thinking—and led to some of Australia’s finest, and earliest attempts at quality skin contact wines: an adventure that continues today. Kathleen Quealy planted the Musk Creek vineyard in 1997. Perched atop Main Ridge, overlooking Westernport Bay and the heads, it’s the coolest site in the portfolio, bestowing exceptional late-ripening Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Four vineyards lie at the heart of the portfolio. The Home Block in Balnarring was planted in 1982 and has some of the oldest Pinot Noir vines in the Peninsula. This is also the home to Quealy’s oldest Pinot Grigio, as well as the aromatic varieties of Moscato Giallo, Friulano and Riesling, as well as some more recent plantings of Malvasia and Ribolla Gialla. There is now a generational shift at play with Tom McCarthy, the eldest son of Kathleen and Kevin starting to make his mark. The outstanding quality of recent Pinot Noir releases underlines what Tom is bringing to the table. Armed with a degree in Agricultural Science, and vintages in Collio and Burgundy under his belt, Tom joined his parents in 2011 and has progressively taken on more and more responsibility

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