Latest Reviews


First Foot Forward 2017 "The Patch Vineyard" Chardonnay

"This would immediately be identified as an Upper Yarra Valley wine, but it's nowhere near all the other vineyards - it's higher and leans steeply into the morning sun. The wine is intensely focused, long and linear. All the right winemaking steps have been taken, but it's like polishing 24-carot gold."

96 Points

- James Halliday - 2019 Wine Companion


First Foot Forward 2017 Yarra Valley Pinot Noir

"Takes a little time to wind up and get into gear, but having done so offers a very complex bouquet of plums and bakers' spices. The palate gained length and purpose each time I came back to it, although the flavour spectrum didn't crumble."

95 Points

- James Halliday - 2019 Wine Companion


First Foot Forward 2016 "Gruyere Vineyard" Viognier

"First Foot Forward is the boutique project of Martin Siebert. When I say boutique I mean boutique – annual production, across the full range, is 400 dozen.  Martin’s “day job” is as winemaker at Tokar Estate in the Yarra Valley, though he’s previously worked at Benjamin Leroux, Pegasus Bay, Yarra Yering, Coldstream Hills, Granite Hills and Carlei Estate. That’s a better-than-average roll call. Previous to all this he worked in wine retail in Melbourne. It’s hard to think of a better grounding, all told.

This Yarra Valley viognier is from the Gruyere sub-region. Fermented wild with “loads of solids” in puncheons and stainless, some of it went through malo and some didn’t. Martin wrote the press release himself, I’m guessing, and this is the final sentence (on this wine) of said release: “Aiming to balance the fruit with slight bitterness in place of acid”. A PR firm would never have allowed the word bitterness to appear on a publicity sheet. Full credit to Martin. Bitterness is not a dirty word. It’s a sign of maturity. On we go.

The wine is good. if you’re going to drink viognier, drink this. It’s gingery and spicy, somewhat flinty, has plenty of body and excellent punt of flavour through the finish. It’s resounding. It’s written in complex script and yet the flavour, feel and finish are all legible. Drinkability hasn’t been left behind. Indeed it makes it all look easy."

93 Points

- Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front