Sixty Second Swirl

Vintner’s Daughter Wines in Murrumbateman has been in operation since 2014, although the vineyard itself was established back in the late 1970’s.

Stephanie and Ben have worked to develop the site into a classic cool climate vineyard, producing quality wines that deliver a real sense of time and place.

Their website proclaims that their “Wine are crafted with passion”.

No argument from me.  A great example of this is the subject of this week’s “swirl” – the Vintner’s Daughter Pinot Noir 2019.

This Pinot is deeply red in the glass. A swirl reveals aromas of ripe cherries, raspberries and vanilla macerated strawberries.

There’s a sprinkle of dried herbs and cool climate spice too, adding to the complexity and enjoyment of the wine.  It’s supple and smooth on the palate with ripe red fruit flavours.

There is a lively balance of acid and fruit which leads to a lovely lingering finish.

We enjoyed our bottle with Peking duck pancakes, one of the all-time great food and wine combinations, but would go very well with a slow-cooked beef or lamb casserole.

I bought mine from the cellar door, but you can also order online for $35.

Brent Lello

Yass Valley Wine Columnist

Established by the husband-and-wife team, Stephanie Helm & Benjamin Osborne, The Vintner’s Daughter crafts premium small-batch wines at Murrumbateman.

The vineyard is not far from where Stephanie grew up learning to make wine from her vintner father, Ken Helm, at Helm Wines.

It’s a true family-owned and operated small business and together Ben and Stephanie control the entire process from vine to glass.

Taste and purchase their wines at their beautiful cellar door overlooking their vineyards.

Open Friday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm.