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Foxeys Hangout

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It’s well known for still wines like pinot noir and chardonnay, but the Mornington also boasts some cracking sparkling that you can get in on. Michael Lee, winemaker for Foxeys Hangout, is one of the best around and his sparkling is only available online or at the cellar door. Every weekend, Lee invites a small group of the public in to get a taste (literally) of his traditional method sparkling wine, as well as being able to finish off a personalised bottle to take home. The wine at this point, as you’ll learn, has already gone through initial stages of fermentation, aging on lees (the dead yeast cells that give sparkling its rich flavour) and riddling (turning the bottles regularly to settle the yeast in the bottle neck). You’ll get to learn all about these processes before jumping in for the last few, including disgorgement - where the bottleneck is frozen and the yeast removed - as well as dosage - the addition of a sugar and wine mixture - and finally corking and labelling. You can pick your base wine, too. Want to make a pink, rose-style pinot noir with a hint of sweetness? Or maybe a super crisp and dry chardonnay is more to your taste? Learning is extra fun when drinking is your reward.



Address: 795 White Hill Rd
Red Hill
Opening hours: Mon 11am-5pm, Fri-Sun 11am-5pm
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