Macedon LD VII - John Fordham Sydney Sunday Telegraph
Macedon LD VII - "A real Gem!" Heathcote Shiraz 2004 - " a supercharged, rich elegant wine" John Fordham Sydney Sunday Telegraph
Macedon LD Cuvée VII
Ever since he established Hanging Rock in Victoria's cool Macedon Ranges with his wife Annie 25 years ago, John Ellis has had a burning desire to perfect a world-class sparkling wine.
Not suprisingly a Pinot Noir - Chardonnay fizz was among his debut releases and every vintage since has seen Ellis inch his way to wards his ultimate goal.
His latest sparkler - Macedon LD Cuvee VII ($115) - is not only the finest he's made, it's Australia's most expensive. It stands tall among the finest New World releases, a flawlessly balanced blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. Half hails from the 1996 vintage, the balance from all vintages from 1995 back to 1987.
Heathcote Shiraz 2004
Hanging Rock's other top drawer attraction is 2004 Heathcote Shiraz ($70). This supercharged rich and elegant wine is driven by concentrated flavours and powerful tannins.
Since the label was launched in 1987 it's collected a whopping 52 Gold Medals and three Trophies.
Roseworthy Agricultural College Dux in 1970, Ellis has impeccable credentials, having won rave praise during his various stints in South Australia, NSW and Victoria.
A bonus during his time in the Hunter Valley was picking up lots of tips from his late father-in-law, the great Murray Tyrrell
John Fordham Sydney Sunday Telegraph
01 July 2007