Moorooduc Estate

Mornington Peninsula,Victoria

Richard McIntyre – Owner/Winemaker Moorooduc Estate

The McIntyre family are a hard working talented clan. Dr Richard McIntyre (surgeon) and superlative winemaker is ably assisted by daughter, Katie Mac, Master of Wine (of 300 MWs currently in the world, Kate is the third Australian woman). They were among the first to plant in the Mornington Peninsula in 1982.

On their 12-acre vineyard, Moorooduc specialise in simple natural winemaking, working with small batches; everything has a natural yeast ferment and is lovingly hand-crafted, using low impact wine making, with an attention to detail, that produces beautiful wines with balance and finesse. The fruit comes from four vineyards in the Moorooduc sub region, their own, the McIntyre vineyard, the leased Garden vineyard, and the neighbouring Robinson vineyard.

A broad selection of clones, including a number of highly regarded Dijon clones (777, 115, 95, 96), contribute to the complexity of the wines, as does whole bunch pressing and barrel fermentation for the white wines, and experimentation with whole bunch fermentation in the reds. 

Plush, beautifully fragrant, and consistently energising, Moorooduc Estate encapsulates Mornington Peninsula wines at their most multifaceted, complex, and textural.

95 Points, 2018 The Garden Pinot Noir

Mike Bennie, The Wine Front

“Very bright, very savoury yet very fresh pinot noir. Skittish and energetic, pretty and perky, all sour and bright cherry and pomegranate juice with whiffs and licks of amaro and blood orange. Tannins are fine, lacy and yet shape the wine to a sense of precision… So much attractive perfume too. One to really savour.” 

95 Points 2018 Estate Pinot Noir

Huon Hooke, The Real Review

“Medium to full ruby colour, the bouquet echoing the beginnings of some age development, with a toasty-smoky note and hints of berry compote, subtle foresty bunchy nuances too, and these are supported by abundant soft but drying tannins on the palate. There’s a charming core of sweet fruit and the wine is overall really delicious and succulent. And very good value.”

90 Points, 2019 Pinot Gris on Skins

Huon Hooke, The Real Review

“Bright, medium to full salmon-pink colour, like a darker rosé, and viscous in the glass. There are vibrant strawberry, raspberry fruity aromas, with a smoky patina. Very pinoty and quite charming. A hint of acetone. The wine is light to medium-bodied and softly-rounded, ample and spicy and berry-ish, like a rosé Champagne without the bubbles. It finishes very dry and appetising, a trace of tannin on the aftertaste adds backbone to accompany food.”

97 Points, McIntyre Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018

Huon Hooke, The Real Review

Ranked 1/70 – Best Pinot Noir 2018 – Mornington Peninsula

“Medium to full red colour with a tinge of purple, and a bouquet that reflects savoury oak- matured nuances and concentrated fruit, the latter even more evident on the palate… A mighty pinot of grand cru proportions.” 

Jill and Richard McIntyre at Moorooduc Estate winery (left). Kate McIntyre MW (right).