Unrivalled views across the bay to Geelong, the You Yangs and Melbourne – Jack Rabbit Vineyard is a must-visit destination on the Bellarine.
Jack Rabbit Vineyard Winemaker, Nyall Condon, has a long and exceptional history of excellence in all aspects of vineyard establishment, winery installation and management and of course, winemaking. In 2010, Nyall commissioned the state-of-the-art 200 tonne Leura Park Estate winery where he made Leura Park’s trophy winning wines alongside Chief Winemaker, Darren Burke. Nyall also makes the Bellarine Peninsula’s highly awarded Flying Brick Ciders.
Nyall’s approach to winemaking is very much about minimal intervention and retaining the natural characters of each varietal – the fruit is the hero. Creative and thoughtful use of oak is another aspect of Nyall’s winemaking mantra – each year different – to best suit the ‘temperament’ and requirements of the varietal and the varying nature of each vintage. “I see Jack Rabbit wines being ‘honest’ wines – clean, fresh, sophisticated – complex without being too complicated.” “The attraction of cool climate wines for me is the fact that they are slow ripening which facilitates maximum intensity from nose to finish. Cool climate wines also tend to inherently have seamless length and velvety tannins, particularly in the reds.”