Moorooduc Estate Garden Vineyard Pinot Noir 2021


Winery tasting notes – “The Garden Vineyard, across the hill from us, is owned by the McFall family and has been leased and run by Moorooduc Estate for over ten years. Fruit was hand picked and whole bunches placed directly into the fermenter.
Mid-purple ruby in colour, this wine has a moreish nose, combining black raspberry and cherry with cinnamon and star anise spice and earthy savouriness. A touch of orange rind and Campari notes emerge in time from the whole bunch fermentation. Red cherry juicy fruit on the palate is balanced by woodsy flavours reminiscent of rosemary, lavender, dried autumn leaves and mossy earth. Fine grained tannins round out the structure on the palate, with some tangy acidity that keeps things fresh.
A delightful match to osso bucco and saffron risotto, or a pine mushroom pithivier”.

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JAMES’ HALLIDAY’S REVIEW: Richard McIntyre has taken Moorooduc Estate to new heights, having completely mastered the difficult art of gaining maximum results from wild yeast fermentation. Starting with the 2010 vintage, there was a complete revamp of grape sources, and hence changes to the tiered structure of the releases. These changes were driven by the simple fact that the estate vineyards had no possibility of providing the 5000-6000 dozen bottles of wine sold each year. The entry point wines under the Devil Bend Creek label remain, as before, principally sourced from the Osborn Vineyard. The mid-priced Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are no longer single-estate vineyard wines, and are now simply labelled by vintage and variety. Next come the Robinson Vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, elevated to reserve wine status, priced a little below the ultimate ?Ducs’ (The Moorooduc McIntyre).

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