Michael Telera has always felt at home on the Mornington Peninsula and it’s no wonder, his parents migrated to Australia from coastal towns in Puglia Italy and passed down a family winemaking tradition that dates back to the 1500’s, hence the reason for etching the family crest on every bottle.
Childhood memories were steeped in summer holidays at Flinders, Rosebud and Rye where there was always an interaction of people, food, music and wine.
The Telera philosophy is to make exceptionally beautiful wines while respecting site and honouring approach.
“We want to create an experience with the wine we produce, we don’t want people to forget it. The pursuit has always been to find a symphony in a glass.”Michael’s wine making journey began in 2008 at Paradigm Hill where he plied his craft as a cellar hand before becoming an assistant winemaker.
In 2011 Michael began leasing a vineyard in red Hill formally known as part of MLF (Mike and Lew’s Folly) to produce the brand.Measuring just under a half an acre, the vineyard faces NNE on a fairly steep protected site (approximately 250 meters above sea level) on Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill. The Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc vines were planted to run east-west to capture optimal exposure of the gentle morning sun and spaced to allow even ripening which intern produces balanced and alluring fruit flavours.
Michael has just released his sensational Valentina Blanc de Blancs ’17 . Michael said the growing season was as close to ideal as you can get, free of extreme weather conditions caressed by timely rain producing fruit of exceptional quality displaying flavours that are rich, textured, layered and aromatically divine. Valentina is an expression of barrel fermented Mornington Peninsula Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. Richly textured and aromatically complex, it’s made in the traditional method and disgorged after 1095 days on lees. Valentina is a limited release sparkling wine of delicate spice, savoury and zesty citrus freshness, with a crisp elegant finish.
Valentina was a perfect accompaniment to freshly shucked oysters by Flinders Oysters.