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Moondarra Studebaker Pinot Noir - Gippsland

Moondarra Studebaker Pinot Noir - Gippsland

Vintage: 2018 | Type: Reds | Producer: Moondarra
Region: Victoria
Alc: 13.0%
Closure: Screw cap
Bottle size: 750ml

The Wine Front

$32.40: as part of any six
$36.00: single bottle
$388.80: per case of 12

"It’s a very beautiful wine past the reduction, but that might be beauty too. I love this. This is great.”  - 94 POINTS Mike Bennie, WINEFRONT 

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 pointy personalities like Gary Farr [By Farr], Phillip Jones [Bass Phillip] and Neil Prentice [Moondarra] who are all totally obsessed with this tempestuous grape which they incessantly fuss over. 

Neil Prentice’s Moondarra pinots have always intrigued me, although it has not been easy to find them. These are no ‘cookie cutter’ pinots. Instead they express an almost untamed wildness that makes pinot addicts swoon. Neil’s Studebaker is his entry level Gippsland offering, but as Mike Bennie's notes below indicate, it is certainly a beauty and more complex than many other pinots at this humble price point. 

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Our notes

So much complex pinosity on the nose. Just gorgeous to sniff on out of good pinot glasses! Expect to find notes of hung meat or game, forest floor and savoury/earthy mushroom amidst beautiful bell clear cherry and high toned cranberry varietal pinot fruit.

The tannins are mostly fruit derived with 30% whole bunch keeping it all serious and focussed. Get’s prettier and prettier with air. Delicious enough to drink now, and serious enough to let lie for a few years. At this price point, alongside the more dark fruited Hochkirch pinot, this is my favourite pinot in the store. Yum. 


The Wine Front
"It’s been a while between Moondarras and Studebakers but here’s one. Always idiosyncratic wines, and talking points, from a winemaker with a left-of-centre approach. Don’t be bored, ever, they shout. What a start! Ferrous, warm asphalt, earthy notes, manure even, an extreme and exotic direction of reduction awaits on first sniff. Let it lie and there’s beautiful cherry and rose hip tea scents, similar in the palate which is more yielding in first minutes, tightened by light yet lacy tannins, following through a sinewy and long finish. It’s a very beautiful wine past the reduction, but that might be beauty too. I love this. This is great." Drink : 2019 - 2030

Mike Bennie

Producers notes

I sold my 1957 Studebaker President to buy the fenceposts for our first vineyard at Moondarra. Our Studebaker Pinot Noir is the most accessible of the three Pinot Noir wines we produce. Fruit is completely crushed and destemmed prior to fermentation.

When drained to oak we use 500 liter puncheons rather than 225 liter Burgundy barriques. Mostly Remond Alier and low-toast, MTL-. These larger vessels offer a fabulous way for the wine to interact with the yeast lees without adding oak tannin, rather relying of fruit tannin to give structure to the wine. When tipsy I can sing you a love song about my old car, a modern masterpiece in design by Raymond Lowey.

My dear friend Mitsuo makes  duck tataki which sings with Studebaker and a drop of ponsu.


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