Moorooduc Estate Chardonnay 2022


Pale lemon in colour with lifted aromas of white blossom, candied lemon and grapefruit rind, white peach and a touch of turmeric spice.  On the palate the wine is fine and textural, with citrus and bergamot flavours.  Firm long acidity carries the palate with grippy texture and a touch of refreshing bitterness on the finish.

The grapes were hand harvested, then whole bunch pressed. As always, at Moorooduc the fruit is 100% wild yeast fermented in French oak barrels, 25% of the oak is new. 10 months ageing on lees in barrel, light fining and filtration.

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Dr Richard McIntyre (surgeon) and superlative winemaker is ably assisted by daughter, Kate McIntyre Master of Wine (MW) of the 341 MWs currently in the world, Kate is the third Australian woman. They were amongst the first to plant in the Mornington Peninsula in 1982. On their 12-acre vineyard they specialise in simple natural winemaking, working with small batches; everything has a natural yeast ferment and is lovingly hand-crafted, using low impact winemaking, with an attention to detail, that produces beautiful wines with balance and finesse. The fruit comes from four vineyards in the Moorooduc sub region, his own, the McIntyre vineyard, the leased Garden vineyard (as featured in Monty Don’s TV program Around the World in 80 Gardens) & neighbouring Robinson vineyard. A broad selection of clones, including a number of highly regarded Dijon clones (777, 115, 95 & 96), contribute to the complexity of the wines, as does whole bunch pressing and barrel fermentation for the white wines, and experimentation with whole bunch fermentation in the reds. The wines are multi faceted, complex and textural.

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