Amongst the best in Australia … an outstanding winery …wines of exemplary quality and typicity’ The Australian Wine Companion 2015, Editor James Halliday Prancing Horse Estate are pioneers of biodynamic winemaking on the Mornington Peninsula. We strive to achieve balanced wines with intense flavours and great structure.
Land stewardship is the foundation of all our endeavours. We are committed to a sustainable agricultural path and in the vineyard, meticulous shoot thinning and canopy management leads to low yields and optimum fruit quality. Our two blocks in Red Hill South are located on the same moderate slope, one running northeast and the other facing west. They provide the ideal environment to produce small parcels of fruit that truly express their individual terroir.
Our property is surrounded by bush and pasture and oversees Western Port Bay and Bass Strait.
In the 1ER Cru and Grand Cru vineyards of France, our fine wine obsession has led to partnerships with leading exponents of biodynamic winemaking, Pascal Marchand in Burgundy and Patrick Piuze in Chablis. Our ultimate aim is to produce all our wines to this standard while achieving our goal to preserve the integrity of the environment in everything we do.
Tony Hancy believes that terroir is implicit in the consistent style differences between his and adjacent vineyards, the differences in aroma, flavour and most importantly for him, the structure of his wines. The horse is the inspiration behind our venture into the wine industry highlighting our strong connection and admiration for the animal and its long association with biodynamic viticulture. The Prancing Horse also embraces the qualities we seek to capture in our wines where a gentle approach in the vineyard and winery has led to wines of elegance, complexity, excitement and power. In applying organic and bio dynamic practices we seek to maximise the flavour potential and fruit balance in our vineyards.
Our horses, Licorice, Duchess and Molly play a significant role in the vineyard cultivation and management. They are important contributors to our composting approach to nurture the soil and recreate the living ecosystem essential to providing quality wines.
Located within the vineyard is the “Wild One” by preeminent Australian sculptor, artist Deborah Halpern. Wild One is depicted on every bottle of Prancing Horse wine.