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“Prancing Horse Estate is the biodynamic pioneer of the Mornington Peninsula.”

Prancing Horse Estate vineyard

Prancing Horse Estate

Prancing Horse Estate

Prancing Horse Estate is the biodynamic pioneer of the Mornington Peninsula. It first introduced cool-climate organic farming and winemaking in 2002, together with international expertise in site, soil and clonal selection. The wines, made by Richard McIntyre and Jeremy Magyar from Moorooduc Estate, are elegant and focused with a true strength of signal achieved from rigorously maintained vineyards.

In the Red Hill South vineyards, Prancing Horse Estate proprietor Tony Hancy has advanced quality by using French-wine consultants to improve the biology of his soils, vines and fruit. Since taking on the now 33-year-old site, Hancy has pioneered a biodynamic viticultural model seen in the most revered and ancient vineyards of Burgundy. With biological thinking and natural organic preparations such as seaweed, compost and teas, he’s pushed aside pesticides and additives to make truly authentic wines.

The best wines have the complexity and finesse reminiscent of good Burgundy. Hancy believes climate, slope and soil are implicit in the consistent style differences between his and other vineyards; the differences in aroma, flavour and most importantly, the structure of the wines.

In 2012, Hancy introduced a new range of wines called The Pony, sourced from
the estate’s younger vineyard, which was planted in 2005 and picked for the first time in 2011. A number of Burgundy clones were carefully selected for their suitability to this vineyard’s unique rural/coastal aspect. The focus here is on more fruit-driven, early-drinking wine from the meticulously tended young vines. Expect wines that are a delight to drink now.

The proof of Prancing Horse Estate’s potential is evident in its exceptional-quality wines. Hancy is happy to open these bottles with his cellar door guests and delights in sharing them with young wine lovers. The cellar door provides one of the most breathtaking seascape views of any cellar door in Victoria. For Hancy, the vineyard conveys a special sense of place and a growing tradition. Because of this, he takes immense pride in its cultivation.

Tasting Notes

2017 Prancing Horse Estate
⇐ 2018 Prancing Horse Estate ‘The Pony’ Chardonnay​

This chardonnay is a lovely, fruit-driven wine of real purity and clarity, with a bright, light yellow colour. A fresh, lifted, floral aroma emphasises the crisp palate, with refreshing acidity and a remarkable intensity and length. This chardonnay leaves a clean, dry and resonant aftertaste, and can be enjoyed with or without food.

2017 Prancing Horse Estate Chardonnay
⇐ 2017 Prancing Horse Estate Chardonnay 

The fresh yet complex aromas displayed in this wine are truly outstanding. The palate is tightly focussed, refined and crisp, with rapier-like acid line and great cool-climate tension. With floral and citrus flavours and echoes of white peach, it’s a pleasure to drink. A ratio of 100 percent malolactic and twenty-five percent new oak, this chardonnay is seamless, lightly played, and has great intensity and persistence.

2017 Prancing Horse The Pony Pinot Noir
⇐ 2018 Prancing Horse Estate ‘The Pony’ Chardonnay

A stunning pinot noir that incorporates fruit from the oldest and youngest vineyards. This aromatic bouquet has a distinct fragrance, rich with dark cherry nuances and cool-grown Red Hill spices. With a long finish and medium body, this delicious wine is best enjoyed young.

2017 Prancing Horse Estate Pinot Noir
⇐ 2017 Prancing Horse Estate Pinot Noir​

Medium to light red-purple in colour, this bright and fresh wine is attractively fragrant. With strawberry, raspberry, red cherry and spice nuances, this pinot noir is delightful. The palate is intense and taut, medium-bodied, and finely crafted with great elegance and subtlety. A delicate, restrained, cool-climate pinot noir of clarity and purity, it has hints of spicy, smoky, vanillan oak and traces of Turkish delight.

Prancing Horse Estate Mornington Peninsula winery

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Getting There
39 Paringa Road,
Red Hill South

Contact Details
Mobile: 0419 393 145
Email: tonyhancy@prancinghorseestate.com
Website: www.prancinghorseestate.com

Cellar Door
Open weekends 12:00pm–5:00pm
Tutored tastings by appointment
Bookings preferred

Restaurant
No

Weddings & Functions
No

Accommodation
No

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