As a member of one of the great winemaking families of present-day Australian wine, Philippa had an appreciation for fine wine from an early age. The story of her own label, which features single-vineyard Pinot Noir from Gippsland and Mornington Peninsula, began with her falling in love in Gippsland, which reignited her passion for winemaking. Philippa kicked off her eponymous, winemaking venture with what Max Allen called "a cracking 2012 Gippsland Pinot Noir". "As debut wines go, this takes the cake. It’s a stunner," wrote fellow wine writer Campbell Mattinson. This same wine critic followed up that review a year later with this: "The 2012 was terrific; so too is this 2013. It’s one of those wines," Mattinson continued, "It drags you into its dark, complex world from the first sip. In short, its quality is obvious."
Kaspar Hermann, Sam Middleton and Will Byron
Onannon is three people with one goal. The people are Sam Middleton, Kaspar Hermann and Will Byron, each of whom contributed the last letters of their surname to make Onannon. A friendship forged in winemaking studies was cemented in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with each of them serving stints at Coldstream Hills in the Yarra Valley in the noughties. Sam and Kaspar are still based in the Yarra, making wine at Mount Mary, while Will works at a winery on the Mornington Peninsula. Their goal at Onannon is to craft wines that speak a little of themselves and a lot of their place. Since kicking off in 2008, Onannon’s focus has been Pinot Noir and the regions of Gippsland and Mornington Peninsula. In 2012 they added a first Gippsland Chardonnay, while Mornington Pinot Gris and a Yarra Rosé were added in 2015. This tight band of brothers has garnered a devoted following with bright, expressive wines made in minuscule quantities. They have a great future ahead of them.
“You would have to go a long way to find three more open-hearted and utterly committed winemakers; the world is their oyster, their ambitions unlimited.” James Halliday