Chirping Bird wines sponsors ORCV prizes for major races.
The ORCV is delighted to have Chirping Bird wines as the sponsor for prizes for all major races. As trophies for major ORCV races are presented at the ORCV Annual Presentation night, the ORCV has a tradition of presenting wine to Line Honours and Division podium place winners at results presentations after each race at our destination host venue.
Chirping Bird owners Rod & Mim Smallman first moved to Moorooduc in 1988 and established the vineyard in 1999 with the first plantings of Shiraz. Muscat soon followed, then Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris afterwards on the Coolart block. The trellising was originally Scott Henry on the main block but was converted over to Vertical Shoot Positioning (VSP) in 2010. The conversion to VSP began a change of approach with the vines from a highly manicured outlook with the Scott Henry to a more natural approach of minimal intervention. A more biodynamic farming method has been adopted over recent years and continually evolving in the search for better and sustainable outcomes.
The vineyard is located in Moorooduc which is at the northern end on the Mornington Peninsula. It is generally a few degrees warmer than areas of the Peninsula such as Red Hill and Main Ridge which generally make for a more fuller style of wine and an ideal place for Cool Climate Shiraz. The Shiraz has always been the flagship of the Chirping Bird Vineyard however with the recent addition of the Coolart block just down the road from the main home block, focus is now on creating the best examples of all the varieties grown.
At the recent International Cool Climate Wine Show Chirping Bird Shiraz, Chardonnay & Pinot Noir won medals.
Many ORCV crews have enjoyed Chiriping Bird wines over the last few seasons.
In the video below, Daniel Edwards, owner/skipper of WHITE NOISE, the 2015-16 ORCV Offshore Champion, who enjoyed many a bottle of Chirping Bird wine over the season, thanks Chirping Bird for their generous support.
Rod Smallman is building his own yacht to compete in the 2018 Melbourne to Osaka Yacht Race. Click here to read more about Rod's big project.