Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Moorooduc Estate McIntyre Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009

The Mornington Peninsula wine region could be regarded as being in its infancy yet the average price you will pay for a bottle of Pinot Noir is rather high. How could this be? One reason is that due to the close proximity to Melbourne, there is an influx of wealthy tourists that arrive each week-end to bask is all the glory that the peninsula provides.  Another reason could be that while many of the plantings of vines aren't that old the region is producing some of the most exciting wines in Australia. Moorooduc Estate was established in 1981 with plantings occurring from 1983.  The success of the wineries comes from their first vineyard, The McIntyre Vineyard, which supplies fruit for their top and second tier wines.  

Moorooduc Estate Pinot Noir 2009

There are lovely aromas of raspberries, strawberries and cherry lipstick swirling their was out of my glass and while they are light in weight, they are also inviting in nature.  As I sit with this wine I can feel some dirty earthy characters mixed with cinnamon and spice moving into the edges of my psyche as if trying to say hello without intruding.  Now I take my first sip. Wow this is not what I was expecting. All those beautiful and pretty flavours have vanished, leaving tartness and acid.  It is like the police have come and taken them away.

Alcohol: 14%
Price: $35
Rated: 83
Drink: Only if the flavours come back

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