Moorooduc Estate should be on your list of cellar doors to visit if you love decent Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  It’s the home of Richard McIntyre who has been making wine on the Peninsula since the early 1980s.  Richard makes the wine for Moorooduc and wine for number of other vineyards on the Peninsula.  If you like Peninsula wine, there is a good chance you’ve had something made by Mr McIntyre.  He used to make the wine for Osborns Harwood vineyard when Frank Osborn was alive – and most excellent wine it was too.

Wine at Moorooduc Estate

Wine at Moorooduc Estate

One of the most striking things about Moorooduc are the buildings.  They are magnificent rammed earth creations with a warm ochre finish.  I find it a lot friendlier than the rather austere colour of Port Phillip/Kooyong.  What you don’t get a sense of as you enter the cellar door is the scale of the building.  They used to run Jill’s restaurant from a stunning dining room over looking the vineyard – complete with a wooden roof in the form of a perfect sinewave, and polished concrete floors.  The restaurant does still open, but only once a month for lunch.  Get on the mailing list if you are interested.

Moorooduc Estate restaurant and tower

Moorooduc Estate restaurant and tower

Four wine varieties are on offer at the cellar door – Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz.  For the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir there are four price points:

Devil Blend – typically $28 a bottle – made from a blend of wine with grapes sourced from other local vineyards, including Osborns Harwood and the Garden.

Moorooduc Estate – typically $35 a bottle – with fruit from the Moorooduc vineyard.

Robinson Vineyard – at $55 a bottle – from the vineyard of Hugh Robinson, Moorooduc’s viticulturist.

McIntyre – $55 to $65 a bottle – the “reserve” label.

The Pinots are 2011, but good despite that.  The day I visited there was a 2009 McIntyre Pinot Noir available to taste, and that was most excellent.  Of the whites, I preferred the Moorooduc Estate Chardonnay, and the 2010 McIntyre Whole Bunch Shiraz is a fantastic earthy, berry concoction.

Moorooduc cellar door

Moorooduc cellar door

Probably not the most child friendly of cellar doors – although you could leave little ones outside to chase the peacocks, and you can buy Alpaca wool teddy bears.

Wine in the Fine category.

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