Shadowfax Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir 2018
Gold medal winner and 94 points.
Shadowfax located 30 minutes from Melbourne was established in 1998. Winemaker Alister Timms has a strong focus on regionality with the majority of fruit sourced and hand-harvested from their vineyards in the Macedon Ranges and Werribee as well as small growers in Geelong. Each and every vineyard has its own distinct characteristics and produces grapes of only the highest quality. They have taken tremendous strides in recent times, with the team refining the range and proving their prowess with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Their single-vineyard Chardonnays have taken out Best Chardonnay at the Macedon Ranges Wine Exhibition no fewer than five times. Especially noteworthy have been the Little Hampton Vineyard in Macedon’s high-altitude plantings of Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Macedon is the chilliest region of Australia’s mainland, perfectly suited to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and its location south of the Great Dividing Range produces excellent acid retention in grapes. These are the vibrant future of Australia’s cool-climate wine scene.
From Al Timms, Winemaker about this wine… “The fruit comes from the Little Hampton, Midhill, Mt Macedon and Big Shed vineyards. Good spring rains set the season up in the Macedon Ranges. Soil moisture continued through to harvest even though there was no rain in January, February and March. The growing season was settled and full foliage had to be carefully managed, with crop thinning required. The dry summer allowed fruit to be harvested on phenolic and flavour ripeness alone, a rare treat in the Macedon Ranges. Fruit was handpicked in pristine condition in late March.
Hand harvested fruit was carefully sorted and destemmed with 100% whole berries into small open fermenters. Natural fermentation occurred with daily hand pumpovers and limited plunging to extract fine tannins and flavour. After two weeks on skins the wine was pressed then racked into new (28%) and used French hogsheads, where it rested and grew. The wine was then blended and filtered prior to bottling in February 2019.”
This elegant Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir has fine spice aromas including cardamom, cinnamon, 5 spice and citrus blossom. Darker Blood plums, mulberries and florals evolve in the glass as do sarsaparilla complexities and flecks of mineral earth. 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 grown ripe tannins. There are complexities galore with clove and Campari spice interacting with brooding fruits and violet nuances. 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 now through 2030 Alc. 13.6%
Bloody delicious !
Gold Medal, Royal Melbourne Wine Awards 2019
94 points. Huon Hooke, The Real Review December 2019 ‘Dark red colour with brighter edges. A complex bouquet with loads of moving parts: cherries, mocha, oak-toast, fruit and spice. It’s young and deeply-cored, time in the glass allows it to unfurl. Needs time to show its best. Serious value.”
93+ points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front “Served bright, played tight. This is a beautifully presented Pinot Noir. Light but forceful, both chalky and silken, savoury at heart but run with water-based fruit. So Macedon. Not big in any way but one of those wines that just doesn’t need to be. Meaty aftertaste the icing. Impressive. Will mature very well.”
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Australia, Macedon Ranges, Victoria
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