Macedons Coolest customer- Macedon LD VII The Weekend Australian- James Halliday
James Halliday writes about the 2005 Macedon Ranges Wine Show of which he was Chairman of judges -
"If you use the most common climatic measurement for vinyards, heat degree days, Macedon is the coolest Australian mainland region (without taking into account the windchill factor.)
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grown in conditions such as these are obviously tailor-made for sparkling wine base and the wines age with extreme grace . . . .".
Halliday then reviews Macedon LD, which won the Trophy for Best Sparkling Wine at the Show -
Hanging Rock Macedon LD Cuvée Six 96 points.
$100 a bottle for a current release Australian sparkling wine might seem implausible, if not outrageous. But if you want to find out just how close the wine in question comes to the style of Bollinger, the price takes on a different make-up. The LD Hanging Rock Cuvée Six (96 points) spent almost nine years on lees before disgorging in September this year. Its excellent fine mousse attests to its very long lees contact, as does its immaculate balance, despite its low dosage of only 2g per litre of sugar.
The complex bready/biscuity characters of the palate are reminiscent of Bollinger, and very good acidity stretches out the long, lingering finish.