Small vineyard, only Pinot Noir in the Yarra Valley

A message from Nine One Six

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We are a small producer of pinot noir – hand harvested, minimal intervention- from a single vineyard in the Yarra Valley. 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.

The wine truly represents the seasons of each vintage. Care for the land, integrity of production, need some words here to really nail  authenticity and product provenance, knowing exactly where each grape comes from in the vineyard to exactly which bottle to glass.

Amongst Australia’s leading winemakers, Ben Hains is recognised globally by Wine Spectator, and local experts alike Halliday, more words here boasting highlight for his approach and finesse. For more than twenty years, industry stalwart John Evans has guided the vineyard: skilfully and discerningly focused on balance. 

Sent directly from the vineyard to you, via specialist wine delivery, within 7 days to most places in Australia.

Erin-Marie O’Niel


John Brand


Erin-Marie O’Niel

John Brand


Current Release

Nine One Six
Pinot Noir

“The immediate balance and sense of effortlessness, coupled with complexity and vibrant detail, called for an early bottling to preserve the youthful exuberance of these wines, opting for slow bottle-ageing to lay on the charms of maturity instead”
Ben Haines, Winemaker

“Natural Wine at its greatest…”

James Halliday AM

Our Story

Nine One Six origins are fortuitous, and full of goodwill.

After inner-city living, looking for a bucolic lifestyle on the outskirts of Melbourne, 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, taking their home and all possessions.

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 selected 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 to receive provenance detail.

The focus of Nine One Six is to produce pinot noir which is a true expression of site and environment.

Our Team

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 purely produces wine with elegance, detail, and poise.

All these efforts result in several vintages now, of commended, vastly enjoyed, and happily shared, Nine One Six pinot noir.

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Verify Authenticity

Provenance is Paramount.

Each Nine One Six bottle can be validated using its unique serial number. By entering the details below, authenticity will be verified. You’ll receive vintage, winemaking, and cellaring notes for the exact bottle you have from the Nine One Six vineyard sent directly to you.

Verify Authenticity

When you have received your wine, please enter the serial number printed on the unique tamper-evident label in the validation box below. This will verify the authenticity, and you’ll receive pre-release allocation notifications.

Thank you &

Enjoy your Pinot Noir

© Copyright 916 (John Brand & Erin-Marie O’Neill). ABN: 74 772 242 607
916 Steels Creek Road, Steels Creek VIC 3775, Australia

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