Wine Experience

Moondarra Wines

Gippsland Victoria

Moondarra/Hollys Garden

Pinot Noirs; with funkosité.
Our early vintages were made with Bruce Dowding and David Creed. Bruce worked many vintages with Frederick Mugnier in Musigny, where Guy Accad was consultant at the time. David was dux in his year at Roseworthy and is perhaps the greatest winemaking intellect I’ve encountered.

Accad’s legacy is our extended pre-ferment cold-maceration and our vigorous pigeage by foot throughout fermentation, three to four times daily. This brings colour and extract from the skins.

David’s is in draining our wines to barrel at dryness without settling, retaining all of the yeast lees in the wine in barrel. This brings a chocolate, mocha flavour to the mid palate of the wine.

We pick small buckets of fruit about a week prior to harvest and foot-crush them. They are left in various parts of the vineyard to ferment spontaneously. As long as these ferments are sound we use them to inoculate the Pinot Noir harvested a week later. 

We do not inoculate for malolactic fermentation, rather allow it to proceed naturally in barrel. If this process is not rushed it can produce characteristics we taste as ‘hung game’. Cadavericine and putrescine.

The wines are not racked until bottling and we resist adding sulphur until this stage, usually about 20 ppm. The wines are not filtered, retaining a rich texture as well as aromatic lift. I feel filtering ‘beats up’ aromatics and subtlety of the wine.

To me these techniques enable funkosité, our trademark, Moondarra, style.

Fruit is all hand-picked and processed on-site at Moondarra. Winemaking varies slightly for each of the Pinot’s, influenced by the differences in terroir, with a view to highlighting these nuances in flavour.

All of the wines are grown on deep, volcanic soils. These are free-draining and rich in minerals, bringing robust, ferrous flavour to our Pinot Noirs.

Neil Prentice

Moondarra/Hollys Garden

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Holly's Garden Pinot Gris - King Valley
Vintage: 2019 | Type: Whites | Producer: Moondarra/Hollys Garden
Region: Victoria

Our style has evolved since our first vintage in 1997. We started off with a Zind Humbrich-inspired, super ripe, high alcohol and loads of residual...

$27.00as part of any six
$30.00single bottle
$324.00per case of 12

Holly's Garden Uber Brut NV - King Valley

In 2OO7, I started making sparkling base from pinot noir fruit from the Holly’s Garden vineyard. At that stage, I had no idea how I’d g...

$27.00as part of any six
$30.00single bottle
$324.00per case of 12

Moondarra Studebaker Pinot Noir - Gippsland
Vintage: 2018 | Type: Reds | Producer: Moondarra/Hollys Garden
Region: Victoria

I don’t know why it is but Pinot Noir tends to attract all the mavericks and social oddballs of the wine industry. These are individuals with...

$30.99as part of any six
$36.00single bottle
$371.88per case of 12

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Holly's Garden Pinot Gris - King Valley 2019
$27.00 as part of any six
$30.00 single bottle
$324.00 per case of 12
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Holly's Garden Uber Brut NV - King Valley Non - Vintage
$27.00 as part of any six
$30.00 single bottle
$324.00 per case of 12
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Moondarra Studebaker Pinot Noir - Gippsland 2018
$30.99 as part of any six
$36.00 single bottle
$371.88 per case of 12
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