The Portsea Estate vineyard is located on the century old Tintagel property overlooking Bass Strait at the very tip of Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, in south east Australia. Its unique ‘terroir’ derives from extensive limestone deposits and a top soil of calcareous sand and humus collected over thousands of years. The free draining, limestone rich soils provide ideal conditions for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to thrive and have produced complex, layered wines of distinct character and minerality. THE PORTSEA SORRENTO REGION Historically and geologically, the Portsea and Sorrento area represents one of the most significant and fascinating regions in Victoria. The first Victorian settlement in 1803 was at Sullivan Bay, Sorrento, where Capt. David Collins and 300 convicts and settlers came ashore. Some 30 years later, limeburners moved into the area to exploit the vast wealth of limestone deposits and limeburning established itself as the main industry, with up to 18 lime kilns operating from Point Nepean to Sorrento. The underlying Limestone bedrock was formed some two million years ago and with the rise in oceans of some 100 metres after the last Ice Age (18,000 years ago), wind and sea driven erosion has given rise to the dramatic and rugged coastline with craggy promontories, spectacular eroded cliff faces rising upwards of 50 metres, off shore rock stacks and kilometres of magnificent sandy beaches. The vast area of sand dunes has formed only in the last 6000 years as result of wind blown sand and has resulted in an undulating capping over the limestone bedrock. The Bass Straight coast is an extremely harsh environment with strong prevailing south and south-west winds and pounding surf constantly scouring and shaping the volatile shore line. Portsea lies at the South-West tip of the Mornington Peninsula, at the entrance to Port Philip Bay, Victoria. PORTSEA ESTATE OLIVE OIL Our new release organic and unflittered 2016 Olive oil. 100% Estate grown blend of early harvest Leccino, Picual and Frantoio olives, hand harvested from trees grown on our century old property, located at the tip of the Mornington Peninsula.