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Main Ridge Estate

Established in 1975 as the Mornington Peninsula's first commercial vineyard, Nat and Rosalie White have gradually yet consistently honed and refined their wines such that today, I consider them to best represent what the Peninsula is best at - elegant and refined Pinot Noir, and flavoursome, focused Chardonnay.main-ridge-vines.jpg

Main Ridge Estate is tiny by anyone's standards, a mere three hectares, and apart from a pocketful of Merlot, is now only planted to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (having had many other varieties planted over the years).

The yields are very small - nominally averaging five tonnes per hectare - although this may be somewhat misleading, as yields vary hugely from one year to the next dependent upon weather conditions.  In 2011 MRE eventually chose to destroy all of their Pinot Noir rather than release what they felt to be inferior to their usual quality level.  Note it wasn't sold off in bulk or released under a second label as nearly anyone else would have done.  And recent vintages have seen sharply lower-than-normal yields, resulting in tiny quantities available.

nat-white.jpgWinemaking, like the viticulture, is relatively simple, essentially with as little as possible done to the wines.  The wines are produced to be both elegant yet complex, with plenty of flavour, and richly rewarding cellaring.

These wines are extraordinary, but sadly only available in miniscule quantities.