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Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir 2015

October 14, 2016

Campbell Mattinson, winefront, October 2016

3It’s from three vineyards in the Macedon GI, two of which sit at around 700 metres above sea level – which is pretty high. In the words of winemaker Matt Harrop these vineyards “require intense viticulture to ripen fully”, which you imagine they would.

It creeps up on you. It starts slow and muted but various complexities and charms rouse as it breathes. Undergrowth, herbage, macerated cherries, woodspice. Smoked chicory. Sap. It’s forming slowly, revealing its wares at its own pace. There’s plenty of lively acidity but more than enough flavour too. It’s heading in an excellent direction. Length is assured. It’s an immaculate pinot noir. Ultra-fine tannin too. 93 points.