We believe that great wines have character and balance, and that they are grown on the vine.
Sam Coverdale established Even Keel in 2006 with a vision to create drinkable, elegant wines that surprise and celebrate the individual strengths of Australia’s wine regions. Since 2009, he has specialised in premium, single-vineyard wines from the Mornington Peninsula, under the Polperro label. Sam’s philosophy is holistic in its approach focused on regenerative agriculture and where we hope to give back to the land more than we receive . This is achieved this by using a mix of organic, biodynamic and biological practices. That ultimately improves soil health.
I believe great wine is made on the vine. Our approach to winemaking respects and capitalises on Australia’s best cool-climate wine regions, resulting in wines with character and balance that are a pleasure to drink.
Just an hour from central Melbourne, Even Keel’s home on the Mornington Peninsula offers a stunning combination of beaches, water sports and vineyards. Generally speaking, the landscape is open, with gently undulating hills, rather than forest or steep hillsides. There are rolling green pastures, white-painted fences and, occasionally, vineyards.
Polperro, the premium, single vineyard label from the home of Even Keel, is grown and carefully attended to by Sam Coverdale, Brent Osbourne Assistant Winemaker & Vineyard Manager and their team on the Mornington Peninsula, using a mix of organic and biodynamic principles.
The region is characterised by a range of different soil types including deep and fertile red volcanic soil, as well as sandier brown and yellow varieties. Although most wineries here are relatively small, the region’s many different sites, soil types and mesoclimates (the climatic conditions experienced by a vineyard site) produce an exotic array of wines.
The close proximity of both Port Phillip and Westernport Bay prevents the days becoming too warm and the nights from getting too cold. This, combined with the ideal elevation, soil variety and aspect of the Mornington Peninsula provides perfect conditions for growing amazing pinot noir.