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Straws Lane Pinot Noir 2019

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Harvest Date

9 April 2019


Straws Lane, Macedon Ranges


This close planted vineyard is perched on the North Side of Mt Macedon with it almost kissing the clouds at 800m above sea level. The 30 year-old vines grow on a granite outcrop, near Hesket, producing grapes with great acid and fragrance. A truly unique site among those in the Macedon Ranges.
Good winter rains set up the soil moisture into the growing season. A dry spring followed allowing full fruit set with good crop levels. Small consistent rains through the summer kept the vines growing and flavour and phenolic ripeness continued to accumulate. Fruit was hand picked in pristine condition.

Wine Making

Hand harvested fruit was carefully sorted and destemmed with 100% whole berries into small open fermenters. Natural fermentation occurred with daily hand pump overs and limited plunging to extract fine tannins and flavour. After two weeks on skins the wine was pressed then racked into new (20%) and used French Hogs Heads, where it rested and grew. The wine was then blended and filtered prior to bottling in January 2020.



Titratable Acidity




Press & Awards

This is a new wine for Shadowfax. Close planted in the 80s, while wearing tight T-shirts and a pair of Scoops, sitting 800m up on the north side of Mount Macedon. A moderate 20% new oak employed. This trio of 2019 Shadowfax are hitting new heights (pun intended).

What a delight. The whole shootin’ match. The dark cherry flavour. The sliding graphite tannin. The cool ‘mineral’ acidity. The length. It’s floral, seasoned with spice and dried herb, offers bass and treble, clean lines, and makes you want to drink it with a feverish haste, which is a rare admission for this little piggy. It’s a beauty.  96 Points. Gary Walsh, The Wine Front. June 2020. 

Residual Sugar



Dark red with bright purple hues and brilliant clarity.


This elegant Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir has floral notes and fine spice aromas including dried sage and cardamom. Dark cherry and wild berries give lift in the glass, whilst notes of graphite powder add complexity. The wine has intrigue and flair in the glass, evolving through time.


Cherry fruits and floral notes fill the palate. There are complexities galore all sitting on a precise palate of lacey fine tannins with lovely acid core. The palate is long and persistent with evolving complexities as time goes by in the glass. A fine example of cool climate, single vineyard, high altitude Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir.


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Food Match

Crab brittle mushrooms with burnt butter. Blackened Cobia; Wok tossed pork ribs with Chinese five spice.

Release Date

June 2020