Richard McIntyre, owner and winemaker of Moorooduc Estate from the Mornington Peninsula, Australia stopped by for a brief visit and tasting last week. We had a nice chat and tasting, and I must say I was extremely impressed with the wines he’s making.
I haven’t visited or tasted many wines from this Southern Victoria appellation, so this was an eye-opener to say the least. Also worth mentioning; it’s not often that our entire staff gives a winery a unanimous and enthusiastic thumbs-up.
Richard produces predominantly Burgundian varietals from several single vineyard sites, although small amounts of Pinot Gris and Shiraz are made as well.
The 2011 Moorooduc Estate Chardonnay ($29.99) is delicious. Attractive stone fruit with a deft touch of wood, juicy and mouth-filling with nice energy. Highly recommended.
We brought in two Pinot Noirs from the winery. The 2011 Estate Pinot Noir ($29.99) is produced primarily from the winery’s McIntyre vineyard (our favorite site) with a little of the best from the Garden and Robinson Vineyards. The wine resembled something more old-world in style; Spatburgunder came to mind with its spicy/savory nose. The palate was delicate and more sophisticated than most new-world Pinots. The 2010 McIntyre Pinot ($54.99) was the most complete wine with exotic spice/savory aromatics and the most lush palate feel. Both highly recommended.
It’s no secret that the Australian wine category has been in a moribund state for the last several years. I’m hoping with more and more producers being discovered like Richard McIntyre, the future will be looking bright again for Australia.
We will be featuring these wines at our new arrival Australian wine tasting on Saturday August 31st.
Howard P., Imported Wine Buyer