Moorooduc Estate Robinson Vineyard Chardonnay 2015 (96JH)


96 Points, James Halliday, “Dijon clones 95 and 96 from the Robinson Vineyard, hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, wild-fermented in French oak (18% new). Grapefruit shares the podium with white peach on the bouquet and the fresh, vibrant palate; these Dijon clones are the white version of pinot noir clone MV6, both giving star-bright varietal fruit expression almost everywhere they are planted. I really love this wine.”

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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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