Why Are They So Fabulous?
Views forever – across the bay to Melbourne, the You Yangs and Geelong – is just the beginning.
Throw in a stable of multi award winning wines, and a reputation as a gastronomic showpiece of The Bellarine and you’re getting closer to the big Jack Rabbit Vineyard picture. About that restaurant, find it in The Age Good Food Guide and expect an abundance of local produce guaranteed to indulge. Looking for something more casual? Try the spectacular House of Jack Rabbit cellar door and tasting room which serves up a terrific café-style menu.
This boutique cool climate bunny boasts a suite of national accolades, including the trophy for Most Successful Exhibitor at the Geelong Wine Show for three successive years (2013, 2014, 2015). Not one to hop along, there is a wide variety of estate grown wines on offer, including Sparkling Blanc de Blanc, Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay Reserve, Sparkling Cabernet, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Shiraz and Cabernet Shiraz.
What Wines Should I Try?
2008 Jack Rabbit Vineyard Reserve Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay – With a view like that, how can you start anywhere but bubbles? Rustle yourself up a companion, find yourself a beautiful spot, and slip into citrussy, creamy, and berry aromas. With a lot going on under her bunny ears, you’ll taste flinty minerality, contrasting with the rich and soft mouthfeel.
2014 Jack Rabbit Vineyard Pinot Noir – The Bellarine being a cool climate region means this is prime Pinot country. All hail this blackberry, cherry and warm earth wonder. Have to love that berry – and – barnyard pinot style. More than meets the eye when you taste it too. See if you can pick out elegant tar, game and rose petal components. Finishing with soft but healthy tannins and a pleasant, acidic finish mean this Pinot would be lovers with a tea smoked duck, or rich mushroom and thyme pate.