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Midhill, Mt Macedon, Spring Hill & Little Hampton
A long cool growing season in the Macedon Ranges. A settled flowering led to good crop levels. Careful canopy management and crop thinning were required. A late summer with warm days and cool nights allowed fruit to reach is full flavour ripeness, while retaining good acid structure. The cool nights during March and April helped retain natural acidity and allow full flavour
Hand harvested fruit was firmly whole bunch pressed to impart some skin contact to release the full flavour profile and impart some phenolic texture. Natural ferment occurred in new (24%) and older French barrels. The wine was left to unwind and age slowly on its ferment lees to add generosity. Every barrel was treated as is own entity, with some allowed to go through natural malolactic fermentation to add further depth. After 11 months the wine was racked and filtered prior to bottling in February 2018
A restrained citrusy chardonnay with flinty reductive styling here. Impressive complexity delivered with restraint. The palate has bright acid spark and a smooth sleeve of lime and white-peach flavours. Really elegant and long. Drink now. 94 points. Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com, 14 August 2018.
Dusty mineral, citrus and nutty lees and barrel-derived aromas, the palate tight but fruity, with a tickle of sweetness and a lot of ready-to-drink charm. Intense and nervy cool-climate style. 92 points. Huon Hooke, July 2018.
“A distinguished Macedon Ranges chardonnay, made with attention to detail and all the right choices. From vines 18-35yo, mainly P59 clone, whole-bunch pressed, wild-fermented and matured in French hogsheads (30% new) for 9 months. The oak and the touch of reduction come from barrel fermentation, but the intensity of the Macedon Ranges fruit easily deals with those transient issues. This is a very good wine now, but with more to come.” 95 Points GOLD. Halliday, July 2019.
Light straw, green hue and brilliant clarity.
This distinctive Macedon ranges chardonnay bursts from the glass with white florals, while citrus and white stone fruit notes complement the wine. Hints of lees derived nougat add further complexity, as does a sprinkling of mineral flint. The perfume is persistent and intriguing, always bringing you back for another sniff.
White nectarine and citrus fruits spill immediately onto the palate. These fruit flavours are augmented with barrel ferment characters such as macadamia. But the texture of the wine is what continues to entice. Some alcohol warmth is framed by natural grapefruit pith. The fine natural acidity that can only be grown in cool places remains the backbone of the wine giving great structure, drive and length. The flowing palate is long and intense yet continually develops through your first, second and third glass. A great example of cold climate Macedon Ranges Chardonnay.
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