MOOROODUC ESTATE The Moorooduc Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula
Established in 1982 by Richard and Jill McIntyre, Moorooduc Estate was one of the early pioneers of Mornington Peninsula winemaking. The focus has always been on high-quality production, with a hands-on approach, minimal use of chemicals in the vineyards and minimum intervention in the winery. The varietal focus has always been on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay -- interpreted with a Burgundian sensibility. McIntyre was also an early exponent of natural-yeast fermentation. Moorooduc’s production is 5000-6000 dozen each year.
The flagship red is ‘The Moorooduc’ Pinot Noir from the McIntyre Vineyard. Seven clones (MV6, 115, 114, 777, 667, Abel and Pommard) are hand-picked, destemmed, wild yeast open-fermented, spend 19-21 days on skins and are matured in French oak (20% new). Aromas are pure and perfumed and the palate is silky-smooth with intense strawberry and red cherry fruit overlying a firm structure. The balance and length will satisfy both those who choose to drink young and those who opt for long-term (10-15 years) cellaring.
Lots of cherry and berry character with some toffee and cream aromas and flavors. Medium body. Fine tannins. I like the precision and center-weighted palate here.
94 points, JamesSuckling.com (June 2019)
The most subtle and finely honed of the Moorooduc Pinots from this vintage, with an X-factor. At the risk of annoying those who don't like such comparisons, it's hard to not see a Burgundian connection here: the quality of the fruit character, the interplay of oak, the beautifully integrated tannin and acid, the minerally, elemental undertone. It seems superfluous to pick it all apart, suffice to say that it's Pinot of high quality by any measure.
96 points, Steven Creber (January 2018)
The Mornington Peninsula is located approximately one hour south of Melbourne. A cool maritime climate,the region is virtually frost free, but is susceptible to high winds. Rainfall is moderate, throughout winter and the growing season. Most of the vineyards are located between just above sea level and 200 metres. Soils range from weathered volcanic soils to sandy loams and friable well-drained clays. Mornington Peninsula is best known for making elegant cool climate Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and sublime Pinot Noir.