Main Ridge Estate make my favourite wine in the world, the Half Acre Pinot Noir. Theirs was one of the first cellar doors I ever visited, back when I was still learning about wine. I visited a few months ago, I think just after the estate had been sold, bought some current release bottles and also placed an order for the soon to be released 2014 wines. I opened the three for the first time to see what they present, and perhaps give me an idea how long I should keep them.
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The Intrepid Wino (aka James Scarcebrook) tastes Main Ridge Estate Chardonnay 2013 & the Tarrawarra Pinot Noir 2002, both from the author’s cellar.
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When I was young my grandparents owned a holiday house that our family made use of at least twice a year, particularly during summer. The house was pretty old, the beds weren’t very comfortable and worst of all there was no television. In spite of this I always looked forward to holidays there. The house was in Rye on the Mornington Peninsula between Rosebud and Sorrento, and I have fond memories of beaching, fish & chips and the summer carnival. They sold the house when I was in my early teens and suddenly there was a hole in my heart where those experiences used to be. Once I became interested in wine that hole was filled in a different way when I discovered it as a wine region. Over the years I was introduced to many other wines and regions in Australia, especially in the Yarra Valley where I worked for quite a while, but Mornington always remained my favourite region in Australia. So it seems fitting that the first region I visited since my return was to the Mornington Peninsula.
|At Main Ridge Estate, my favourite producer in the world|
Bright mineralic crisp flinty and citrusy. Lovely texture, very supple, focused fresh and intense, wonderful balance, integrated oak and alcohol.
Showing a little more richness depth and lees character. Fuller rounder and riper, a lot more character, excellent flavour and texture maturity.
The Acre Pinot Noir 2010
Light bright but not at all varietal. Tight lean and focused. Wonderfully delicate fruit, supple and long tannins, wonderfully balanced alcohol.