A lot of great things came into being in 1982. Namely me and the original Moorooduc Estate vineyard was planted. Richard and Jill McIntyre have consistently made standout wines from the Mornington Peninsula. There is certainly an old schoolness to this wines but that is part of the charm. That and you cannot fake vine age, quality fruit and great wine making.
Having tasted the new release recently, I was blown away by the quality. The nose is the typical generous Moorooduc Estate style, but there is just a hint more restraint. The palate shows the same level of sophistication and has lovely streak of acid. I think this is the best ME Chard I’ve tasted and I look forward to having a few more bottles yet. Drinking from now and over the next 5-7 years.
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.