Category Archives: Mornington Peninsula

2012 Kooyong Massale Pinot Noir

As is the case with the Clonale Chardonnay I’m always interested to see how the Massale Pinot plays out each year…even if I usually rate it as a lesser wine. There’s abundant ripeness here and it corresponds to the sweet … Continue reading

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2012 Crittenden Peninsula Pinot Noir

Rollo’s on a roll. Rollo Crittenden that is. Kicking goals with Pinot, Chardonnay and “alternative” varieties and styles. Floral with vivid wild strawberry and cherry fruits and a whisper of plum skin sourness. Acidity bristles in a good way. Sappy with … Continue reading

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2013 Crittenden Peninsula Fumé Blanc

Fruity little number despite the Fumé, so to speak. 20% new oak although I might not have guessed as much given the tropical guise. Passionfruit, pineapple and melon cloaked with a light fog of smoke. Lemony acidity, a bit of … Continue reading

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2013 Kooyong Clonale Chardonnay

A wine that I look forward to tasting each year. It hasn’t managed to maintain the high standards set in place from 2010 to 2012 but it’s still a worthwhile option. Melony and slightly syrupy with peach, pineapple and ruby grapefruit. … Continue reading

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2012 Crittenden Peninsula Chardonnay

Flavoursome Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay from Rollo Crittenden. Holds its shape well via buoyant acidity. Oatmeal, white peach and lemon curd are the main players. A luscious peak of figs drizzled with honey. Possesses a leesy nuttiness. Well pitched toasty oak. … Continue reading

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2012 Dexter Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay

The second most impressive Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay from the 2012 vintage to cross my path thus far (Ten Minutes by Tractor’s Wallis Vineyard Chardonnay being just ahead of it) Depth of fruit, leesy character and persistence are its calling cards. … Continue reading

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2013 Wickhams Road Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir

I probably rated the Mornington Wickhams Road Pinot as the least of the 2012s but this model is more up my ally. More savoury nous. Smoky and twiggy on the backend given time. The fruit moves into the raspberry spectrum … Continue reading

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2012 Ten Minutes by Tractor Judd Vineyard Pinot Noir

Each of these single vineyard wines offers such a different proposition. Maybe that alone explains a lot of our modern preoccupation with the concept of terroir. The Judd Vineyard yields a tannic wine of profound gravitas in 2012. Savoury, entwined, earthen and sappy. … Continue reading

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2012 Ten Minutes by Tractor McCutcheon Vineyard Pinot Noir

The Ten Minutes by Tractor Chardonnays have perhaps slightly overshadowed the Pinot Noirs in the past. Not so this year. The McCutcheon Vineyard Pinot is a wine of immense structure, innate layered complexity, power and depth. Aromas and flavours of … Continue reading

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2012 Ten Minutes by Tractor McCutcheon Vineyard Chardonnay

More forward and extroverted than the Wallis. A compact Chardonnay, slightly rough around the edges at the moment but it becomes increasingly expansive and harmonious over time. Peach cobbler and pineapple with grapefruit and lime cut. Some savoury bready traits and … Continue reading

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