Moorooduc Estate: Four Vineyards, One Intimate Cellar Door
Address: 501 Derril Rd, Moorooduc VIC 3933
Varieties: Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris
Spanning across a 12 acre vineyard hidden away from the beaten tracks of Mornington Peninsula’s usual tourist hum, the Moorooduc Estate is a real treat for appreciators of fine wine. The McIntyre family (Dr Richard McIntyre and his daughter Kate) carefully craft Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and a splash of Shiraz, while also lending out the estate to three other vineyards to fully utilise this beautiful space.
Visiting the Moorooduc Estate, you’ll be able to enjoy the fruits of the McIntyre Vineyard, Robinson Vineyard, Garden Vineyard, and Osborn Vineyard. If that sounds cumbersome and impersonal it’s not; they’ve worked hard to create an incredibly personal space for all visitors.
In fact, they try to only have one group visiting at a time, so you can get the best experience and capitalise on the wealth of knowledge and premium quality wines at your fingertips.
The winemakers at Moorooduc Estate focus heavily on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with a sprinkling of Shiraz and Pinot Gris. All of the varieties they produce are done so exquisitely, using minimal intervention methods that involve a lot of manual bunch pressing. They’re also big fans of wild yeast fermentation – an approach where makers let yeast ferment on its own rather than adding packet yeast – so much so they’ve even got t-shirts made (no, seriously).
The result of all this hard work is a great payoff; impeccable cool climate Shiraz that is lighter, more peppery and is a better food-accompaniment that many others of its kind on the Peninsula. They also make premium Chardonnay and Pinot Noir – some of our all-time favourites, in fact.
Although the Moorooduc Estate encompasses a large 12 acreage, the cellar door itself is a smaller and more personal experience. Sample their wines by the warmth of the crackling fire inside or, on warmer days, venture out to the court yard, where you might even enjoy a visit from their resident peacock.
What we like
As mentioned, the wines that Moorooduc Estate’s four vineyards produce are of impeccable quality, without having an overinflated price tag attached. The personalised and intimate tastings make for a memorable experience, as well, and one you’re not always likely to find on the busy cellar doors along the Peninsula.
What we don’t like
Visitors can sometimes be put off by the need to go a little out of the way, especially with the allure of the more renowned and ‘fancy’ spots found in the Red Hill region. Although, with the many pros of this charming estate, we think it’s well worth the extra few miles.