Cannibal Creek Vineyard
Experience single vineyard, hand picked wines and french leaning, produce driven food in one of Gippsland's leading food and wine destinations
Cannibal Creek Vineyard (vineyard, winery, cellar door, restaurant) is conveniently located just an hour east of Melbourne, on the western fringe of Gippsland, and was recently awarded Cellar Door with Best Food in Gippsland by Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine (2018 Cellar Door Awards).
The Vineyard is nestled in a greenbelt valley of high rainfall and rich soil farming land just beyond the urban sprawl, where the air becomes fresher and the distinct granite range of Mount Cannibal looms into view.
All Cannibal Creek wine is grown and made onsite, picked by hand, and made using traditional methods and French oak. It is a boutique operation. There are around 5ha under vine, within a 29ha property. Pat & Kirsten Hardiker planted the vines twenty years ago, they still live onsite and tend the vines by hand today. For the precision minded, you will find them at S 38 – E145 with an elevation of 102m above sea level. With fourteen daylight hours in the growing season, this makes for an ideal cool climate vineyard.
The Cannibal Creek range includes sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot noir, merlot, cabernet merlot, cabernet sauvignon, blanc de blancs and vin de liqueur. These can be purchased online, enjoyed at the Cellar Door or in the onsite restaurant, where museum releases also are available.
Cannibal Creek Restaurant, open just over a year with Chef Phillipe Desrettes in the kitchen, has cemented a reputation as one of Gippsland’s best dining experiences. Situated on a sloping hillside it is the ideal place to enjoy great food and wine from the area. Chef uses slow French techniques on a changing menu based on local produce, his own French heritage and the style of wine made onsite.
Twenty years after planting and Cannibal Creek Vineyard is releasing a First Vintage in a Reserve Pinot Noir, in addition to Reserve release in Sauvignon Blanc and the non-reserve range. Today Pat & Kirsten Hardiker feel they are in a great position to unlock the full potential from the soil and the vine and reach the pinnacle of what this terroir can produce.
While The Hardikers have always adopted a low intervention approach, a key factor in recent years has been soil nourishment initiatives with a focus on soil microbiology (compost teas, fish emulsions etc) and the results have been exciting on the ground, on the vine and in the bottle. A feature long celebrated in Cannibal Creek wines has been their minerality, owing in large part to granite rich growing conditions, and seeing them punch above their weight in wine shows and competitions.
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