The Macedon Ranges is arguably Australia’s coldest grape growing region. It is cold by world viticulture standards, producing wines that have a lot in common with the cooler regions of France and New Zealand and bearing little similarity to those of the warmer parts of Australia where this variety is often grown.
The Macedon Ranges is very well regarded for its Chardonnay. Being a cold climate, the wines produced in the region tend to be elegant yet powerful and have a fantastic structure. The Chardonnay from our estate vineyard is grown from Mumm Champagne clones. We believe we are the only ones in Australia to use these clones.
All care was taken to make sure that this, our estate grown Chardonnay, is the best it can be. The wine was whole bunch crushed and fermented in French oak barrels and carefully lees stirred once a month. It spent 8 months on gross lees in new and used French oak barrels. 100% of the wine went through malolactic fermentation in barrel giving the wine its rich, butteriness. It then spent approximately 12 months in bottle to mature and mellow.
Colour: Mid straw/ pale gold.
Nose: Hints of butterscotch and melon
Palate: Fresh and vibrant upfront with undertones of butter and caramel. The pallet is very long and complex.
Cellaring: This wine will age well for years to come. Drink by 2035.
Awards & Reviews:
Australian Wine Guide- Clive Hartley
Expressive nose which is primary fruit driven showing classic peach and melon. There is a nice underlay of struck match to add complexity. Dry, medium bodied palate with plenty of cool climate Macedon acidity, but also some MLF creaminess and nuts. This is a unique wine as the grapes used are 3 different Mumm Champagne clones that John Ellis got direct from France.
Rating: Highly Recommended