A lot of great things came into being in 1982. Namely me and the original vineyard planted by Richard and Jill McIntyre who have consistently made standout wines from the Mornington Peninsula. There is certainly an old schoolness to this wines but that makes part of the charm. That and you cannot fake vine age, quality fruit and great wine making.
The fruit for this wine comes predominantly from the Osborn vineyard, and we use low intervention winemaking, including wild yeast fermentation in old oak barrels, to celebrate the flavours we achieve in the Moorooduc ‘subregion’ of the Mornington Peninsula, unencumbered by new oak. “Bright lemon colour with aromas of lemon pith, beeswax and salted caramel. On the palate the wine is fresh and bright, with citrus fruit and nutty honey nougat flavours. Full-bodied yet elegant, with lovely length and crunchy natural acidity, that leaves your palate begging for more.”
One of many stars in Melbourne’s dress circle of vineyards. Varied success depending on terroir and wine maker but the best are outstanding. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay can excel with Riesling, Pinot Gris and Sparkling all capable of impressive wines too.
The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring as can malolactic fermentation.