Mandala Wines covers two properties in the rolling Hills of the Yarra Valley in regional Victoria. The Yarra Junction vineyard was selected for its high altitude offering great character to the exclusive Pinot Noir vines. While the Dixons Creek vineyard harvests Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Merlot, across a 104 acre panorama of vines, dams, kangaroos and tranquillity.
Our vines are hand pruned, hand harvested and low yield. Not every year, but when weather and vintage follow the absolute desire of the grapes, we are able to make exceptional single site wines that showcase what the vineyards are capable of, such as;
'The Mandala Prophet' Pinot Noir from Yarra Junction, single site -vintages 2006, 2008, 2010.
'The Black Lab' Pinot Noir from Yarra Junction, single site- vintages 2008, 2010
'The Mandala Butterfly' Cabernet Sauvignon from Dixons Creek, single site- vintages 2008, 2010
The Mandala Rock Shiraz 2010
The Mandala Matriarch Pinot Noir 2010
Our Yarra Junction vineyard is home to 10 acres of 'Burgundian clone' Pinot Noir vines that we planted a north facing slope in 1999. This particular part of the Yarra Valley map has a colder climate and records greater rainfalls. The clay loam and volcanic mix soil contributes to the exceptional Pinot Noir growing conditions.
The Dixons Creek vineyard is Mandala's home; The vines carve through rolling hills of this elevated quintessential Yarra Valley landscape, around dams, fruit trees, a family home as well as the cellar door and restaurant. The Dixons Creek vineyard has a clay loam soil and houses 25 year old Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Merlot vines.
Headed up by Charles Smedley, the winemaking team take inspiration from the environment and their palate. Charles has more than 22 years experience in the global wine industry including time spent in the varied wine regions of Australia.
With diligent support from the vineyard manager, Julian Parrott and a few other experienced hands, Mandala Wines started blending and bottling Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Savignon Blanc in 2006, and we haven't looked back.
With new releases being produced regularly the collection of Mandala Wines keeps growing. Each vintage brings it’s challenges but that gives all of us character not just the grapes.