Sharing This Place
The soils are a distillation of the landscape and all who’ve lived here; from the earliest indigenous owners, farmers, alluvial and shallow shaft miners, loners, battlers, families, academics, artists, vignerons, winemakers.
Now we are growing pinot noir grapes, which are carefully made into wine which truly represents the seasons of each vintage.
Every year, delightful conical bunches reliably take form on these twenty five year old vines. The grapes draw from deep foundations, the product of a living ecosystem, including the people who lightly tend… and watch each vintage unfold.
The winemaking intent is as pure and simple as possible: to create expressive wines with balance, harmony and longevity.
It’s a considered approach. In a particularly low intervention way, we’re striving for balance: at this place, in the vineyard, and in the winery.
Carefully cellared, perfect for drinking now.
“Cranberry, musk, sour cherry, sweet herbs, tang and silk…”
“… it offers some kind of journey and impresses as some kind of wonderful. If you get the chance you must try this. It’s captivating.”
96 Points, Campbell Mattinson, Halliday Wine Companion
“Natural wine at its greatest…”
James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion
For more than twenty years, industry stalwart Viticulturist John Evans has guided the vineyard; skillfully and discerningly focused on balance. Highly regarded Winemaker Ben Haines has made every vintage, and he produces Nine One Six pinot noir with elegance, detail, and poise.
Nine One Six origins are fortuitous, and full of goodwill.
After inner-city living, looking for a bucolic lifestyle , Erin-Marie O’Neill and John Brand moved to the Yarra Valley. The first Nine One Six harvest was only a couple of weeks away when the Black Saturday fires swept through Steels Creek.
The vineyard was hit hard, but a few years later, the twenty year old vineyard produced its first viable crop again. So, it was in 2012, that JB, E-M and now young Henry handpicked grapes for the first Nine One Six pinot noir.
From then on – every vintage – the grapes to best represent that year are hand picked from a particular area of the vineyard, kept separated as ferments, then put into select barrels. The Nine One Six label shows which part of the vineyard the wine is from, and each bottle has a unique serial number which can be validated.
Interested in becoming
a Pinot Noir Insider?
Pinot Noir Insiders are people who love pinot noir; aficionados who are interested in the detail – vineyard and winemaker stories – all the dirts. By introduction. People you know.
The provenance of each bottle of Nine One Six pinot noir can be validated using its unique randomised serial number.
Bottles can be traced right back to specific sections of the vineyard, exact ferments, separate barrels, and the precise cellaring conditions.
We acknowledge the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung People as Traditional Custodians of the Yarra Valley Wine Region
and their connections to land, water and community. We pay our respects to their elders, past and present, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.
© Copyright 916 (John Brand & Erin-Marie O’Neill trading as Nine One Six). ABN: 74 772 242 607
916 Steels Creek Road, Steels Creek VIC 3775, Australia
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