Tipsy Tips: springing into some local wines

Posted on October 4, 2015 | Comments Off on Tipsy Tips: springing into some local wines


Some of the delicious wines grown, harvested and made in the south-west. Image: Bluestone Magazine.

By Louise North

Tipsy Tips has been in hibernation over the winter, enjoying lots of red wine by the fire, but now it’s time to spring into Spring with a few local wine suggestions.

When Bluestone visited Nappa Merri Wines at Woodford recently (see story here) owners Tricia and Jim Blakeslee kindly provided us with a few bottles to taste.

We also called in to Pronto Fine Food Merchants on Raglan Pde in Warrnambool and purchased a bottle of Pierrepoint pinot noir from the Hamilton based vineyard. Pronto has a selection of local wines including Crawford River (Henty region, in Condah), Hochkirch Vineyard (organic grapes grown around Dunkeld), Nappa Merri, and Henty Estate (Hamilton).

So next time you are looking for a special bottle of wine, why not try a local drop and support your local winemaker?

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Here are a few that we have tasted this month:
2013 Nappa Merri semillon ($20)

Nappa Merri grow all their own grapes on a small property in Woodford and produce about 100 cases of wine a year. The vineyard is carefully tended by former science teacher Jim Blakeslee and his wife Tricia. All grapes are picked by hand (and that is special!)

Wine lovers often bypass semillon as a grape variety but they shouldn’t, it is a perfect food wine especially for the spring and summer months. With a swirl of the wine in the glass there is  a rush of lovely fresh lemon and lime flavours emanating from the glass with a hint of green apples. Like most young semillon, this wine is crisp, dry and clean in the mouth.

2012 Nappa Merri red blend, $32  (cabernet sauvignon, merlot, malbec and shiraz)

The blend of four grape varieties ensures a full bodied wine that finishes with a rounded sweetness that fills the glass.

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Retired science teacher now winemaker Jim Blakeslee in the “engine room” of Nappa Merri, Woodford.

2012 Pierrepoint pinot noir ($39)

This wine has won two medals, (silver at the Australian Cool Climate Wine Show and bronze at the Ballarat Wine Show). It has a lovely fragrance of ripe cherry and raspberry when you swirl the wine around in your glass. That rich berry flavour lasts in your mouth. It’s a delicate wine, not as bold or earthy as some Tasmanian or New Zealand pinots, but there is always room for subtlety with this wonderfully versatile grape variety.

Nappa Merri Wines is served at Blakes, Port Fairy, and Proudfoots, Warrnambool, and sold at Pronto, Warrnambool. The cellar door is open for sales by appointment only at 112 Bridge Rd, Woodford. Ph: 0437 983 421 or email:

For more on Pierrepoint Wines click here: 

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