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Muse Chardonnay 2009

Drinking Guide


Drink 2012-2027



This single vineyard chardonnay is from a vintage in which wines will age gracefully and slowly. This is an austere wine with integrated oak that sits alongside rather than overpowering the Tasmanian terroir; it’s an expression of fruit, yeast and oak character. Mineral, grapefruit, stone fruit and stone fruit blossom aromas are unadorned. There’s no charry oak here and the natural acidity isn’t softened via malo-lactic fermentation. The silky lees stirred texture compliments beautifully the natural acidity. With impressive length, it will drink very well in its youth but will also soften and improve with maturation.

Winemakers Comments
Vintage Description
Technical Details

This wine is again a new style for Moorilla and is most reminiscent of the single vineyard releases of previous vintages. I’m looking for a more austere wine with integrated oak that compliments rather than overpowers the Tasmanian terroir. The result is an expression of fruit character, crisp acidity and a mineral backbone. This wine will drink very well in its youth but will also soften and improve with maturation. Look for a more integrated oak compared to the 2008 release as we have used only puncheons for fermentation this year and the wood from last year has matured. Extended lees time has rounded the palate rather than use of MLF. Fruit was sourced from the Moorilla owned and operated St. Matthias vineyard and the Martin leased vineyard, both are north-east facing on the West Bank of the Tamar River. Yields were good despite the poor fruit set typical of the season. Picking was again organised around a desire to achieve a range of ripeness and flavour profiles in the finished wine, as seen below.