ABOUT THE WINERY
Narkoojee, meaning “place of flowers”, was a dairy farm owned and operated by Edna and Athelstan Friend, since the early 1940s. Their son Harry planted the first experimental vines back in 1980 and with his wife Val, moved to the property from Melbourne in 1995. Narkoojee had very humble beginnings with the Cellar Door operating out of a small weatherboard bungalow at the back of Harry and Val Friend’s house. The grapes were taken to the old butter factory in Glengarry, which served as their first winery. Today Narkoojee has a state-of-the-art winery that was officially opened on 10 December 2004 by the Hon. John Brumby MP, then Treasurer of Victoria and Minister for State and Regional Development. Today the winery enjoys a five star status as rated by James Halliday.
ABOUT THE WINE
The Narkoojee Reserve Pinot Noir. I actually fell in love with it. The guy who distributes these in Victoria distributes Granite Hills, and this is where I tasted the wine. The Narkoojee Reserve Pinot is from Gippsland in Victoria. When I tasted this wine, I just couldn't believe how well balanced it was for such a young Pinot Noir and a reserve wine. But it just had so much flavour, so much of those red brambly Pinot Noir sort of savoury fruit characters in it that you just wanted to keep drinking it. It's really nice to see an Aussie Pinot that has those flavours, and just so soft and well balanced, and a really lovely, elegant wine. Ah! It's just really a so well-balanced Pinot, one of the best I've had from Australia in a long time. I really, really was blown away with the overall quality of it. And it's a reserve wine. It's not cheap. But it's just something I had to throw in here, just to show people how we can make pretty good Pinot Noir. You know, it's Aussie. It's bigger and it's more full-flavored, but it's just a lovely, well-made Pinot Noir.