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Vineyards

“At Shadowfax we want our vineyards to express their own unique characters and the wine grown there to talk to the one whose drinking it, by telling its own story. The grapes grown must reflect the site, thus each vineyard site must be grown depending on its own requests. If you look, listen and taste (both grape, vine and soil) the vineyard will tell you its needs and wants.

Whether that be some foliage manipulation, fruit thinning or it may be screaming out for a little drink, we will act. We are not afraid of new ideas, experimentation, trials and tribulation, whilst having a ball doing so. We want the vineyard to do the talking using the wine glass as its stage.”

Alister Timms – Vineyard Manager

Shadowfax Winery

Werribee / Port Phillip

The home of the Minnow and Shiraz, our vineyard was planted in deep rich red soil in 1998. Rainfall is typically 450-500mm annually and the vines are dry grown. Warm days and cool nights during the growing season are perfect for our Mataro, Mondeuse, Grenache, Shiraz and Carignan. Red grapes typically have spice aromatics and vibrant red fruits on the palate.


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Macedon Ranges

The coolest wine region in mainland Australia, not just for its temperature.

Vineyards are located along either side of the Great Dividing Ranges, between 400 and 750m above sea level, seeking the optimum interaction of soil, topography, aspect and climate. In general it is a high winter rainfall area with cool summers. Mount Macedon and the Cobar ranges run through the region and have a significant climatic effect on the region. They bring cooling troughs and often good winter rains. Being inland from the coast, nights are cold and days warm in summer, with high diurnal differences.

Grape ripening occurs late in the season, avoiding summer heat spikes, giving concentrated grape flavors while retaining natural acidity.


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Little Hampton

Macedon Ranges

Shadowfax Little Hampton Vineyard sits high in the Macedon Ranges, 95km km north east of Melbourne. At 700m above sea level, the days are cool and the nights colder. Snow falls here every winter, and cooling breezes blow through spring and summer. Fruit ripens in the autumn, accumulating extraordinary flavour and retaining excellent acidity.

Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris thrive here.

We farm sustainably and with exacting precision. Closely planted in the traditional way, each vine receives all the care and attention needed to ripen to perfection.

Our winemaking is simple and considered. Hand harvesting, natural fermentation and long slow maturation in our cool underground barrel cellar ensure every wine we grow here is a pure and faithful expression of Little Hampton.


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Midhill

Macedon Ranges

The Midhill vineyard was planted back in 1993 in volcanic red loam soils, on the edge of Romsey 540m above sea level. A northerly aspect and rich soils allow for balanced flavours in both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Wild flowers and herbs line the mid row, while meticulous vineyard practices and foliage management ensure consistent fruit quality and concentration. The Chardonnay fruit of this vineyard show distinct floral notes and has a mineral sherbet backbone.

Longest View

Geelong

Planted in 1988, the Longest view vineyard sits atop a hill overlooking Port Phillip Bay, with a northerly aspect. Its proximity to the bay has a large impact on the microclimate. The bay breeze cools the vines during the day while the nights are warmer than further inland. The soil is well-drained sandy loam over a volcanic gravel. The site produces stone fruit characters and rich Chardonnay while Pinot Noirs often have charred cherry aromas leading to a game meat pallet.

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