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
‘The Acre’ Pinot Noir is suitable for drinking when younger as the tannins are softer, however will also age well. It is typically lighter in colour and body with aromatics of raspberry, young cherry and spice.
Alcohol: 13.5%, PH: 3.28, TA: 6.05g/l
2017 ‘Half Acre’ Pinot Noir (750 ml)
The ‘Half Acre’ Pinot Noir is from the higher section of the vineyard with shallower soil, which produces smaller bunches of fruit and berries, and a greater skin to juice ratio resulting in a more tannic and complex wine. It is typically deep red in colour, with intense dark cherry spiced fruit flavours.
The ‘Half Acre’ is renowned as a wine which ages very well for 20 years or more.
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
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.
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.
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