BAIE Wines is located in the Bellarine Peninsula and is strongly influenced by the maritime cool climate. The vineyard is bound to the North directly overlooking Port Phillip Bay, and the 16-year-old vines are grown on coastal loam, with a clay loam subsoil. Our wines are made from domain grown fruit in Curlewis, Bellarine Peninsula Geelong at a Latitude – 38.163354 and Longitude 144.542334.
The focus of viticulture and winemaking is to best represent our geology, climate and the grape growing season of that year respectfully, consistently and honestly. All stages of fruit development, such as pruning and canopy management, are overseen by Simon and Peter to retain the integrity of the vineyard and season, and nurture each wine’s personality. We work on the simple principles that wines begin in the soil. Each year we work on assessing and managing requirements of soil, vine health, rainfall and protection from sun and wind to ensure an approach to grow the best fruit possible.
Yearly Cycle of Vineyard:
- Pruning: June until August
- Budburst: August/September
- Flowering: November
- Fruit Set: December
- Veraison: Mid to late January
- Harvest: March
Our philosophy of viticulture and winemaking is to best represent our geology, climate and the grape growing season of that year respectfully, consistently and honestly. All stages of fruit development, such as pruning and canopy management, are overseen by Simon and Peter to retain the integrity of the vineyard and season and nurture each wine’s personality. We work on the simple principles that wines begin in the soil. Each year we work on assessing and managing requirements of soil, vine health, rainfall and protection from sun and wind to ensure a multifaceted approach to grow the best fruit possible.
The 2018 growing season has been a cracker. Solid earlier rainfall combined with warm summer and autumn temperatures have seen an abundant and balanced crop with excellent ripening. This translates to stunning flavours in the fruit with the Pinot Gris being harvested first in early March and the Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz harvested mid to late March respectively.
The 2019 growing season was not without its challenges, given we experienced one of the hottest and driest summers ever. While this translated to slightly lower yields the fruit quality and flavour will see this noted as an excellent year. A short harvest given extensive ripening, but overall an exciting vintage producing wines of excellent depth and quality.
2020 Vintage was unlike any we have seen in recent years, and so we couldn’t be prouder of the wines produced this year under challenging conditions. Budburst was slightly later and flowering conditions compromised due to wind and cooler temperatures resulting in a reduction in yields. The final challenge for Pete and Simon in the vineyard was the late rainfall through Jan and early February that made ripening and disease management their most crucial priority. Harvest began later and fruit ripeness was slow, seeing slightly higher acids and delicate flavour profiles which gave our winemakers the opportunity to carefully manage the fruit to make light and crisp wines which they loved doing.
Our estate vineyards consist of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Rosé and Shiraz. A small portfolio by comparison to other wineries, however the quality and consistency we achieve makes them all highly sought after. With great attention to the flavour profile reflecting the fruit each wine is well known for their characteristics.
BAIE 2020 Rose’ is beautiful example of Modern Australian purpose made dry Rosé. This delicately balanced 100% Pinot Noir Rosé is bursting with beautiful fresh strawberry and red fruit flavours in the mid palate, with a crisp and savoury finish.
BAIE 2019 Sauvignon Blanc is a rich textural wine but still fresh crisp dry acidity. Expect delicious flavours of lemons, limes and a perfect balance of tropical fruit. A sophisticated style, enjoy it as a delightful food match with seafood.
BAIE 2020 Pinot Gris has stunning flavours of crunchy pear, and melon with an amazing delicacy indicative of the cool climate. Dry, with a lighter mouthfeel combines with autumn fruit and a lovely fresh and balanced acidity.
BAIE 2019 Shiraz is wild fermented and matured in premium French oak for 16 months. Enjoy an elegant cool climate wine exhibiting a balance of beautiful dark red fruit, plum, warm spice and refined tannins.