Main Ridge Estate is an ideal site for producing high quality cool climate wines. Located at an altitude of 230 metres, the small 7 acre vineyard was planted progressively from 1975 and is one of the oldest and highest on the Mornington Peninsula.
The rich volcanic soil and mature vines ensure no irrigation is required. The north-east facing vineyards slope gently, sheltered by stands of mature trees.
The 5,000 vines are approximately 50% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay with a small number of Pinot Meunier and Merlot vines. Wine has always been made exclusively from Estate grown fruit.
Pinot NoirMain Ridge Estate makes two Pinot Noirs identically, each reflecting their terroir. Our Pinots show vibrant dark cherry fruit, spice and an elegant soft palate of great intensity and length. The 3.5 acres of vines includes 6 clones of Pinot Noir to ensure complexity in the wines. Picking usually extends into April. Warm natural yeast fermentation of de-stemmed fruit follows in open vats. The vats gently plunged by hand to extend the ferment, and further skin maceration precedes pressing. Ageing is for 18 months in French oak barrique.
2017 ‘The Acre’ Pinot Noir
Picked 6th – 9th April
Young and vibrant. The nose is all florals and spice, raspberry, violet, juniper. Powerful tannins will soften with time giving way to complexity and length.
“Kumquat, orange rind, root spice and a sluice of tamarind acidity meshed with edgy tannins, toning it all into an energetic whole. This opens up beautifully as the oak settles in around the seams, capturing the diaphanous essence of pinot. A wine for lovers of Burgundy”.
Ned Goodwin MW 96 points
Alcohol: 13.5%, PH: 3.28, TA: 6.05g/l
2017 ‘Half Acre’ Pinot Noir (750 ml)
Picked 13th – 17th April
Long, slow ripening has taken the ‘Half Acre’ block into a realm of dark brooding fruit, joined with earthy truffle and coffee aromas. Structure is telling of a wine that has more to give and will reward those who cellar.
Langton’s Classification VII
Main Ridge Estate ‘Half Acre’ Pinot Noir
Rated as “Outstanding” :
“Main Ridge Estate’s highly prized and rare Half Acre Pinot Noir’s tiny half-acre block was planted in 1975 on very shallow red basalt soils, and has since tripled in size (to a still miniscule 1.5 acres, or 0.6 hectares).
Burgundian winemaking techniques are followed by maturation in new and one year-old French oak barriques for around 17 months.
Renowned for its glorious perfume, silky smooth texture, fruit complexity and mineral length, the Main Ridge Estate Half Acre Pinot Noir is a compelling reflection of site and meticulous winemaking.
Top Vintages 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2000, 1998, 1997, 1996
“There is thrilling energy across this wine, with chiffon tannins welded effortlessly to taut acidity….. Persimmon, orange zest and strawberry high tones. An ethereal floating world across the palate. Will age superbly.”. Ned Goodwin MW, 95 points.
“An excellent pinot noir of verve and regionality…first class purity and definition”
Jeremy Oliver, 96 points.
“The wine is medium to full bodied and quite powerful, with good concentration….fine-grained tannins, and terrific length. A gorgeous, sumptuous pinot”
Huon Hooke, 96 points.
Alcohol: 14.2%, PH: 3.35, TA: 6.2g/l
ChardonnayMain Ridge Estate Chardonnay is made using natural yeasts, total barrel fermentation in French oak barriques, lees –stirring without sulphur dioxide for 11 months, and complete malo-lactic conversion. The 3 acres of vines depending on the season produce 400 to 500 cases of wine each year. The resulting wine has restrained stone fruit, melon and citrus flavours, combined with creamy vanilla and sweet spice characters and gentle acidity. Main Ridge Estate Chardonnay has complexity and a persistent finish, and is designed to benefit from long cellaring.
Picked 11th, 12th & 19th of April
White peach, maraschino, cream, lifted by pink grapefruit and musk through the finish. A fine line of acidity drives through firm phenolic grip. A relatively restrained style of Chardonnay that reflects the cool conditions seen in 2017.
“Change of owner/ winemaker but no change in style….in short it’s excellent…the finish – the more I look at it – is quite exceptional”.
Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, 95 points
“A thorough-bred. Generosity that keeps on giving. Toasted hazelnut, nectarine syrup and other stone fruit and beautifully nestled oak”.
Ned Goodwin MW, 94 points.
Alcohol: 13.3%, PH: 3.47, TA: 5.9g/l
The warmer conditions of 2016 allowed for ideal ripeness to be easily achieved in the Chardonnay. Honeydew melon, peach, grapefruit and jasmine are brought into balance with gentle but mouth-filling acidity.
Alcohol: 13%, PH: 3.34, TA: 7.7g/l
Pinot MeunierThis varietal’s origins lie in Champagne where it is used for floral complexity in sparkling wines. This was its envisaged use when just 100 vines were planted at Main Ridge Estate in 1976. However from the very first vintage it has been made into an uncommon and much sought after red table wine. Production is limited to just one barrel each year. Main Ride Estate Pinot Meunier is often described as a ‘pretty’ wine with powerful flavours of strawberries and rose petals. It is made in the same way as our Pinot Noir.
2017 Pinot Meunier
Picked 13th of April
This is typical of this varietals delicate nature, pale in colour, but lacking nowhere else. Wonderful interplay of delicate red fruits and dark spices make for a remarkably complex wine.
“Totally charming,…fresh, juicy young red…lightly spicy bouquet of raspberries, cherries and strawberries. It’s long and gentle…culminating in a soft but refreshing finish.”
Jeremy Oliver, 93 points
Alcohol: 12.8%, PH: 3.54, TA: 5.75g/l
PINOT MEUNIER 2016
Picked March 16th
Pretty, Macerated strawberries and crushed rose petals with depth and concentration not always seen in Pinot Meunier.
Alcohol: 13.5%, PH: 3.35, TA: 6.25g/l