2008 Main Ridge Report
Unfortunately in 2008, there were no gold medal equivalent scores given to the wines of the Main Ridge sub-region in our tasting. Obviously these wines come from 'up the hill' as they like to say in the region, so delicacy and some slightly green aromas and flavours dominated. These are the very reasons and characters that make judging wines in context with other wines of the same sub-region so incredibly important, as the tasters focused on finding the best examples and then scoring them accordingly.
In the 2008 vintage the quite pronounced fresh cut herb and 'cool' fruit characters were observed across the board, and in the very best examples, showed elegance, restraint and purity, with red fruits the prevalent theme. However, some wines did not reach full maturity (or perhaps reached them too quickly) and showed excessive mintiness and a coarseness to the acidity that seemed a little out of balance.
Having said this, of the eleven wines that were tasted for the Main Ridge sub-region, 6 of them were of at least bronze medal standard, with the highlight a very strong silver awarded. The tasting notes
provide insight into how the wines performed.
2009 may see a stronger performance in this sub-region. Time will tell.
For a detailed 2008 Mornington Peninsula vintage report click from the MPVA HERE
» 2008 Main Ridge Reviews