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About The Wine
Richard and Jill McIntyre’s Moorooduc Estate is one of the gems of the Mornington Peninsula.
Inspired by the great wines of Burgundy, they have developed their own reputation for producing extremely classy Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, highlighting the expressiveness of the region’s great single vineyard sites.
In the same way that the great Burgundy’s are the product of minute shifts in microclimate, the same is true for Mornington. For all the vineyards the McIntyres work with however, this is the pinnacle. As they say, home is where the heart is!
Speaking to Kate McIntyre upon the vintage launch, she believed this 2013 McIntyre Chardonnay has extra richness and generosity compared to the last couple releases. I agree with her, it’s a gorgeous, unctuous Chardonnay!
As with most of the other ‘Duc wines, this Chardonnay is whole bunch pressed and fermented with 100% natural yeasts giving it amazing texture and complexity. This combined with 100% naturally occurring malo whilst in barrel makes this one of the best expressions of the modern cool climate Australian Chardonnay we have tried.
James Halliday agreed, awarding it a whopping 96 points, saying “Strap your hands to the engines, a wild ride is in store.”
It’s a serious, complex and powerful Chardonnay for real Chardy lovers. And with only 200 cases produced, it won’t be around long.
What It Tastes Like
Now this is what I’m talking about. Flinty, almost gun-smoky on the nose with stunning layers of ripe grapefruit, grilled nuts and honeyed peach. There is that wonderful funkiness that can only be wild yeasts but it doesn’t dominate. The palate is round and generous, complex and textural, whilst maintaining structure and balance. All kinds of stone fruits, minerals and a deliciously soft, creamy centre. And what power and length! Gorgeous.
96 points & special value star. “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.”
- James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
94 points. ““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.”
- Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
This wine represents the pinnacle of style and quality of Moorooduc Estate ‘McIntyre Vineyard’ Chardonnay. A result of a stringent fruit selection from our oldest chardonnay vines this wine expresses the unique characters of this vineyard site. We think this could be our best ‘Duc Chardonnay thus far – a wonderfully balanced and complex wine, tight and fine yet with restrained muscularity! Pale lemon coloured with fresh aromatics of white stone fruit, toasted almonds and hazelnuts, a touch of pink grapefruit and flinty, spicy complexity. On the palate, the wine unfolds slowly and wonderfully! A difficult wine to describe in words – Halliday writes ‘The bouquet has compelling touches of flinty reduction, the palate profiting mightily from the drive engendered by the bouquet and that which has gone before.’ We are confident that if you have been a fan of this wine in the past, the only way that you can be disappointed by this wine, is if you don’t buy it and put it in your cellar while it is available! The 2012 vintage was a very pleasing and even season. It started off wet, but stopped raining well in time for flowering and the ripening period proceeded warm and dry. Considered one of the best ever vintages on the Mornington Peninsula. Winemaker: Richard McIntyre Viticulturist: Hugh Robinson Vineyards: fruit 100% the McIntyre Vineyard Vinification & Analysis: Hand harvesting Whole bunch pressing 100% wild yeast fermentation in French oak barrels, 25% being new Natural malolactic fermentation (100%) in barrel 10 Months in wood on lees with 1 racking prior to bottling
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: N/A
Richard and Jill McIntyre’s Moorooduc Estate is one of the gems of the Mornington Peninsula. Inspired by the great wines of Burgundy, they have developed their own reputation for producing extremely classy wines across the board.
The Mornington Peninsula has become a go-to destination for lovers of modern Australian Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Mornington’s perfect climatic conditions for producing these varieties has seen it become, in only a relatively short time, one of the premier regions for these varieties in the country. The wines are beautiful. The best examples are wines which show a restrained power. Both intensity and elegance. It’s a region which will continue to blossom and mature for many years to come.
Australian Chardonnay is a seductive variety that comes in all shapes and sizes. From the toasty and voluptuous to the lean, flinty and minerally, there is a Chardonnay out there to suit everyone. Australia’s developing prowess with this variety has been marked by the international community with wine writers such as Jancis Robinson marvelling at the outstanding value to be had right across the country. The prestige brands of Margaret River offer wines of deep flavour and power, often crafting fuller-figured Chardonnay of outstanding quality. The cooler-climate wines from the Yarra Valley, Tasmania and the like are more focused and linear, building complexity around a backbone of pristine acidity. Whatever your preference, there is an Australian Chardonnay to enchant all comers.
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