655 Main Road
Moorilla was founded by Claudio Alcorso, an Italian textile merchant, in 1947. In 1958 – ignoring advice that the site was better suited to fruit trees – Alcorso and his family trialled 90 Riesling cuttings on the site, sourced from David Wynn’s South Australian vineyard. In 1962 the vines produced their first yield, which was handpicked and wild fermented to become the first ever Moorilla vintage.
Until the sale of the site to David Walsh in 1995, the Alcorsos worked tirelessly to establish Moorilla as a leader in the cool climate wine industry – later acquiring a second vineyard, St. Matthias, on the banks of Launceston’s Tamar River.
Today, David’s vision for Moorilla has developed in tandem with MONA under the governance of winemaker Conor van der Reest: in its emphasis on the production of wines designed to mirror MONA’s overall philosophy, and importantly, encourage visitors to engage all senses – sometimes unexpectedly.
The history of cloth labels at Moorilla recalls how Claudio Alcorso hand printed scraps of cloth from his silk and textile manufacturing business that he glued to each bottle, as we continue to do today.
Muse – Extra Brut Rosé méthode traditionelle 2009
This is our flagship sparkling from the dry, low yielding 2009 vintage. An addition of barrel matured Praxis Pinot noir is revealed in the atypical dark colour. The complex bouquet and palate are composed of fresh berries, quince, apples, lime, brioche and hints of minerals, smoke and hazelnuts. The mousse is tight, full and creamy, framed by chalky tannins and supported by tingling acid which lingers longs. This wine is an excellent proposition for collectors.
Chardonnay 64% and Pinot noir 46%. Drink 2014-2035.
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