Moorooduc Estate McIntyre Vineyard Pinot Noir 2021
Richard McIntyre – “The 2021 vintage at Moorooduc Estate was blessed with a mild, gentle season with rain events throughout, resulting in excellent fruit set, very little vine stress and a paced ripening of fruit. The mild conditions highlighted the different microclimates in the Moorooduc vineyards, with vintage beginning at the normal time (around the 22nd February), but with little pressure on the winery, as different sites and varieties ripened slowly, extending harvest out to late March across our vineyards in the north of the peninsula. The result: a calm harvest, a composed winery team and bright, vivid wines with beautiful natural acidity, and fine phenolics, weaving structure tightly together”.
Hand harvesting, 100% destemmed fruit. 20 days on skins. 14 months in French oak, 20% new. 100% wild yeast primary fermentation. Natural malolactic fermentation in barrel. No fining or filtration. This single vineyard wine from our home vineyard in Derril Road is further evidence of what our fine vineyard site and mature vines can produce in a really good year. It includes some wine from interesting clones grafted onto our old cabernet vines (planted in 1983). Iridescent ruby in colour with bright red cherry and raspberry fruit, savoury notes of cedar, cinnamon bark and a touch of pomegranate molasses. Crunchy red cherry fruit on the palate with savoury, earthy sous bois flavours. Tangy red fruit on finish. Silky velvety tannins. Drink now with slow cooked duck Maryland on a potato and beetroot mash, or cellar for 10+ years.
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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