New at our Cellar Door

Brad King has recently joined us here at our Cellar Door in Glengarry. He’s extremely passionate about all aspects of wine, but most particularly education and guiding others along the wine tasting journey. His training has taken him through the Burgundy region of France, the home of chardonnay and pinot noir. For those of you in the Gippsland area you may recognise Brad from his previous position as Fine Wine Manager at Dan Murphy’s.

We are delighted to welcome Brad to Narkoojee and to share with you his thoughts on three of our most popular wines below.

We are also letting you know that stocks are selling rapidly so we encourage you to get in quickly.

2017 Lily Grace Chardonnay  “I simply couldn’t make a list of Narkoojee wines without including Lily Grace Chardonnay. This wine already has a cult following and delivers flavours well above the price tag. I believe this is one of the best I have seen, it has something to offer for all palates and is great to match with food. Get some while you can”.

2016 Pinot Noir  “I adore well made pinots, it can however be hard to find great quality at an affordable price and this doesn’t disappoint. Wonderful complex and juicy bouquetrich and generous palate with terrific length. This is sure to be one of our fastest selling red wines this year”.

2016 Francis Road Shiraz  “The 2016 vintage of this magnificent shiraz makes me believe we have our next cult wine in the making. With the 2016 vintage being quite warm this is a much bigger wine than your typical cool climate Shiraz. Perfect wine to have with dinner or Friday afternoon drinks with friends”.



Long Lunch in the Vines


Seated at a shared long table beside the beautiful autumn vines, you will be treated to an afternoon of magnificent food and wines whilst enjoying fabulous music and great company.

Our restaurant ‘by Jorg’ will present a five course luncheon served with our wines, selected to perfectly match each course.

A great opportunity to enjoy a lovely day trip to beautiful Gippsland or even better plan to stay for the long weekend.

  • When: Sunday 11 March 2018 at 12pm
  • Where: Narkoojee winery, 220 Francis Road, Glengarry
  • Value: $139 per person – includes sparkling wine on arrival, five course luncheon, matching wines and a beautiful Spiegelau wine glass etched with Narkoojee logo to keep.
  • Bookings essential: Contact winery 03 5192 4257 or (full payment is required prior to the event to secure your booking).

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Christmas & New Year opening hours

Christmas is a time to celebrate superb feasts with magnificent wines, but most importantly to do so in great company with family and friends.The team here at Narkoojee are very grateful for all of your support in 2017 and would like to wish you and your families a very happy and safe Christmas and a wonderful New Year.


Open until Sunday 24th December (lunch)
Closed from 25th December 2017 to 10th January 2018.

Re-open for service Thursday 11th January 2018
Lunch: Thursday to Sunday
Dinner: Friday & Saturday

Reservations: 03 5192 4550
Also available for corporate events, weddings and private functions by arrangement.

Open daily 10.30am – 4.30pm
Closed 25th & 26th December 2017 and 1st & 2nd January 2018
Winery: 03 5192 4257

In praise of our 2015 merlots

In praise of our 2015 Merlots


Mention the word ‘merlot’ and my mind drifts to some of the best wine regions of Bordeaux.  First, the Médoc region, where cabernet sauvignon is king and merlot, with the help of malbec, cabernet franc and petit verdot, is reduced to a support play.  Think Château Latour, Château Margaux and Château Haut Brion. Then Saint Émilion, smaller than the Médoc, with merlot around 60%, cabernet franc 30% and cabernet sauvignon 10%. Think Château Cheval Blanc and Château Ausone. In neighbouring Pomerol, the dominant variety is merlot, with a little cabernet franc, a reflection of the region being further inland with a more continental climate. Two of the most important Châteaux here are Petrus and Le Pin. These produce arguably the most expensive, and maybe the best, wines in the world.

From there we return to Gippsland and the 2015 The Athelstan Merlot, released in late 2016 and disappearing rapidly from our stocks. This wine is widely regarded at the winery as one of the best merlots we have ever made.

For my part, I can only agree: in my opinion, our 2015 merlots are certainly the best merlots we have made. Mind you, they follow other illustrious wines.  I was fortunate to try recently the 2004 The Athelstan Merlot, the only merlot selected in James Halliday’s Top 100 wines of 2007 with a rating of 95 points.  The delicious part of the story is being able to relay how well that wine has aged since 2007.  It was, and is, a beautiful example of balanced, flavourful, plummy, mature cool climate merlot.  It remains a great credit to Harry Friend’s winemaking skills and Axel Friend’s vineyard management.

The 2015 The Athelstan Merlot is a creation of Axel’s, with Harry looking over his shoulder.  Altogether another great example of how this much-maligned variety produces wines of sophistication, charm and elegance with a long life, yet enjoyable now.  It surpasses the great 2004!

It is timely to also mention our 2015 Four Generations Merlot has also been released.  Celebrating four generations of the Friend family’s association with the terroir of Narkoojee, first as a dairy farm for Harry’s father Athelstan and now through Harry, Axel and Axel’s sons Maxwell and Isaac.

The Four Generations is only made in suitably exceptional vintages – initially 2004, then 2009 and now 2015 – from selected parcels of fruit with a high level of new French oak.  It is a sophisticated, balanced and noble wine with great structure and length and is only available in limited quantities. We suggest it is absolutely worthy of a place in your cellar, and can be enjoyed now but will handsomely repay further bottle age.

To complete our merlot story, we must also acknowledge our 2015 Cabernet Merlot which takes us full circle back to the concept of emulating the red wines of the Médoc in Bordeaux.   The wine is a stylish and harmonious blend with fine oak tannins, elegantly rich fruit and a satisfying long textural finish.

These wines are available now for your purchase, but they won’t last long. In particular, stock of the first of these three to be released, The Athelstan Merlot, is nearly all gone.

Ken John
Narkoojee Director

An enviable vinous reputation further enhanced in 2015

Our New Releases - 2015 Reserve Chardonnay and 2015 Lily Grace Chardonnay
Our New Releases – 2015 Reserve Chardonnay and 2015 Lily Grace Chardonnay

The Narkoojee reputation for quality chardonnay is hard won and greatly valued.  As Axel Friend our winemaker has gradually taken over the winemaking from Harry, his father, he has allowed his own thoughts to be brought to the process.  He has introduced extra factors to what is already a winning style.  Naturally, Axel still maintains his role directing the management of the vineyard which is critical, for as we are often reminded, great wines are commenced in the vineyard.

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Narkoojee Stars in 2016 Halliday Wine Companion

‘Outstanding’ winery, ‘exemplary’ wines

Narkoojee has continued its steady upward trend in performance with the latest edition of the 2016 Halliday Wine Companion.  This edition marks our best ever achievement with four wines scoring 95 points and above.

Our winery rating has increased from 5 black stars to 5 red stars to describe an ‘outstanding winery regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity’ putting Narkoojee in the top 10% of Australia’s wineries.

Narkoojee is one of only two Gippsland wineries achieving the 5 red star level of quality. Continue reading