The Coombes Estate was owned by Dame Nellie Melba, one of the most famous singers of the late Victorian Era/early 20th century and the first Australian to achieve international recognition as a classical musician. The legendary chef Escoffier created the Peach Melba dessert in her honour and her face adorns the Australian $100 note.
The Wines (standouts in bold):
- 2012 Nellie Melba Blanc de blancs: Sparkling, nice blend of citrus & yeastiness. creamy body & good length.
- 2013 Coombe Farm Chardonnay: Subtle oak nice length and body. Pleasant oiliness which adds to nice length of the wine
- 2013 Coombe Farm Pinot Noir: Slight leathery aroma. Cherries on the front which continues as a pleasant tartness to the wine. Tannins are fine and lend a velvety texture. Has a nice length although falls a little short. The winner*.
- 2012 Coombe Farm Merlot. Spice and fruit on the nose. A well made wine but on the sweeter side and not really for me.
- 2012 David Mitchell Cabernet Sauvignon: is elegant with a very nice length. Dark fruit, some savoury notes and complexity, firm tannins. Very interesting and sophisticated. A standout*.
- 2014 Shiraz, tasty but a bit tannic and green due to it being very young. Could use aging but fine drinking now. According to Coombes this is their first time to release a Shiraz.