He likes a challenge, does Greg Melick. Formerly the most senior Reserve officer in Australia, a practising senior counsel and a Master Wine Judge, among myriad other responsibilities, clearly isn’t enough to satisfy this notable achiever. Over 25 years’ experience judging other people’s wines saw him become increasingly determined to try his hand himself. He’s now the owner of one of the most awarded vineyards in Tea Tree, Pressing Matters. Planting their vines around the turn of the century, Melick and his wife Michelle now have 2.9 hectares of riesling and 4.3 hectares of pinot noir grapevines.
“There’s also a trial block of pinot clones and root stocks,” says Melick. “It’s a bit of a pain in the neck, but it needs to be done for the benefit of the industry.”
And the industry is very happy about that. Over the last six years, Pressing Matters wines have won over 30 trophies and 50 gold medals. Australian wine guru James Halliday rates the vineyard’s rieslings – created in the style of Germany’s Mosel Valley wines – up to 97 points. It doesn’t get much better than that in the Australian wine industry. Tastings and sales are by appointment.
665 Middle Tea Tree Road, Tea Tree 7017
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