Moorooduc Estate McIntyre Vineyard Chardonnay 2013 (96JH)


94 Points, Mike Bennie, Wine Front, ““2013 seems to be a bit more crowd-pleaser’y”, says Kate McIntyre MW of Moorooduc Estate, “the complexity of the 2012s, which tend to be more tight and savoury, is very different to these more generous expressions”. New oak is down to 20% in the chardonnays of Moorooduc Estate – another shift in the program in recent years. The vineyard was planted in 1983. Best barrels go into this wine. Exotic fruit scents, quince, pawpaw, ripe tropical citrus, but also shows nougat/cedar oak, spice, intense chardonnay hit. Racy, lean, tightly wound and pushes with great flavour and thrust across the palate. Fine detail, complexity, flesh of fruit. It’s very good. Built for long life in cellars too.”

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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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  1. Chris Foster

    96 Points, James Halliday’s Wine Companion, “Strap your hands to the engines, a wild ride is in store. Peach, hazelnut, matchsticks, bran, flint and roasted assorted stone fruits. It’s not the flavours themselves, it’s the combination, the run, the way the flavours ache on and on long after you’ve swallowed.”

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