Borrowed Cuttings – our piquepoul mission

DSC_0802The story so far

It’s not often an oyster farmer gets the opportunity to introduce a completely new and unknown variety of wine into the nation to match his oysters. But this story of one man’s passion is true.

About a decade ago we were exposed to piquepoul during one of our frequent forays along the Languedoc oyster coast. Stunned by the match with oysters, known since medieval times, it became a personal mission to get the right piquepoul clones for oysters into Australia. You can read the resulting media here.

Our vines are planted in beds strewn with oyster shell from our leases. And we joined forces with the good folk at neighbouring Windowrie Wines, who share our mission with great enthusiasm.

Picpoul_bottle_and_case_IMG_1707Indications from the limited harvest so far may be summed up as simply luscious. Big bulbous fruit from a heavy  yielding plant.

2016 Australian release

Described by chefs as a masterstroke wine match for our oyster portfolio, the Australian release of Borrowed Cuttings piquepoul went out to premium restaurants during July 2016. Exclusively for our oyster chef clientele, the project to get the piquepoul blanc variety as the perfect match for our oysters lifts the game to world heights.


DSC_0754The wine opens with a huge floral fruity nose and has an almost buttery texture embracing the luscious cream of the oyster. Even many minutes later a subsequent sip of Borrowed Cuttings piquepoul re-triggers an oyster umami tsunami on the palate.

Limited stocks are only being made available through our loyal oyster client base at this stage. Please ask for it by name. You’ll be raising a glass a to a new and sophisticated  chapter of the oyster and wine industry in Australia,  changed forever by The Moonlight Flat Oyster Company.


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