Two superb new Moorooduc Estate Pinot Noirs
While I was a little distracted while tasting these wines to take really comprehensive notes, these two Pinots really deserve a mention.
Moorooduc Estate Pinot Noir 2012
The standard ‘Estate’ Pinot Noir, this is intended to be the most juicy and approachable. Fittingly, it smells the most of red cherry fruit and carries slightly softer tannins compared to the single vineyard wines. Still, that is a very high bar and this looks absolutely delicious – the red fruit complemented by a hint of hedge, cinnamon spice and black pepper. What elevates the quality is the finely drying finish, taking this from just a wine of fruit into a much more complex beast (if still about 1-3 years off its best). Superb Mornington Pinot. 18.5/20, 94/100
Moorooduc Estate McIntyre Pinot Noir 2012
The extra edge this Pinot has over the Estate is all about ‘more’ – more tannin, more fruit power, more complexity, marrying that concentrated, glacé red fruit with even more grippy tannins and some welcome bitterness. A savoury, autumnal wine that is not quite ready but packs a beautiful combination of extract and fruit. Classy wine for contemplation. 18.7/20, 95/100