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Little Hampton, Midhill, Mt Macedon, Big Shed
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, with fine grown tannins.
Hand harvested fruit was carefully sorted and destemmed with 100% whole berries into small open fermenters. Natural fermentation occurred with daily hand plunging to extract fine tannins and flavour. After two weeks on skins the wine was pressed then racked into new (28%) and used French Hogs Heads, where it rested and grew. The wine was then blended and filtered prior to bottling in February 2018.
Some handy restraint of fruit on the nose. Subtly spicy, earthy and predominantly floral aromas here. The palate unleashes energetic, tangy flavors of red cherries with a thread of meaty, spicy oak. Tannins and acid intertwine to tighten the finish neatly. Drink or hold. 93 points. Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com, 14 August 2018
Sourced from three vineyards in the Macedon Ranges region. It’s a pretty quick drive from Shadowfax HQ (at Werribee, essentially in Melbourne) to the Macedon region; they are natural bedfellows. This is savoury, well-fruited, has a sense of power and yet remains varietal and lively throughout. Forest berries, twiggy spices, a suggestion of mint. I wouldn’t exactly call it velvety in texture but it’s on the way there; it certainly has good mouthfeel. Quite impeccable from all angles. 93 points. Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front May 2018
Deep purple with a deep crimson hue.
This elegant Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir has fine spice aromas including cardamom, cinnamon, 5 spice and citrus blossom. Darker fruits and florals evolve in the glass as do undergrowth complexities and flecks of graphite. The wine has intrigue and flair in the glass, evolving through time.
Fruits and spice appear immediately. The generous palate has breadth and expanse, yet shows poise from seams of graphite minerality. There are complexities galore with game meats and savoury spice interacting with brooding fruits and violet nuisances. The palate is long and persistent yet light on its feet, bringing you back for more. A fine example of cool climate Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir. Drink up.
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Smoked celeriac; radicchio and goats cheese tart; pigeon pie.