Curly Flat Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir 2017

This is a delicious pinot noir from Curly Flat in the Macedon Ranges and the 2017 vintage. It has an attractive aroma of black currant, cherry and bacon. The palate has great length, cedar, considerable balance and a savoury, enjoyable mid palate. It actually reminds of a Côte de Nuits villages wine from a warmer […]

Wiliams Crossing by Curly Flat Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir 2016

Williams Crossing is Curly Flat’s entry level pinot noir offering.  From the 2016 vintage, it’s a lot more restrained than its (2015 vintage) sibling tasted next to it and reviewed here.  The latter is more obviously the star of the show.  Nonetheless, it presents with elegant rhubarb and spice characters that calls to mind a Bourgogne […]

Curly Flat Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir 2015

This is a very good pinot noir from Curly Flat in the Macedon Ranges north west of Melbourne.  In the glass, it is immediately appealing, with cherry, earth and rhubarb aromas.  The palate is balanced with cherry and herb undertones and long length on the finish.  The 100% whole bunch fermentation and new oak are […]

Mitchell Harris Sabre Vintage Sparkling 2013

This is a pretty serious sparkling wine from Mitchell Harris.  From the 2013 vintage, it is made “properly” (aka using the traditional method), is a blend of 75/25 chardonnay/pinot noir and spent 40 months on lees.  The fruit is from Macedon and the Pyrenees.  In the glass, the aroma is clean and reminds of lemons. […]

3 excellent Victorian chardonnays: Mount Mary 2005, Gembrook Hill 2005 and Bindi Quartz 2005

This was an impressive showing from three Victorian cool climate chardonnays, all tasted blind and all from the 2005 vintage.  They will appeal to those who enjoy Burgundian styles and perhaps open some eyes to the reality that these wines would be comfortably comparable to their French counterparts. Bindi Quartz Chardonnay 2005, MacedonAromas of honey […]

Granite Hills TOR Syrah 2006

My impression was that the appearance en masse of the word “syrah” on Australian wine labels was a relatively recent development, but here’s one from nine years ago.  From the cold Macedon region, this shiraz (whoops, syrah) from Granite Hills has cooler climate aromatics of cedar, tomato stalk, clove and pepper.  Its medium bodied palate […]

Granite Hills Riesling 2013

This riesling is from the Macedon Ranges, one of Australia’s colder wine regions.  James Halliday describes Macedon as “a windswept and at times bitterly cool region (even in summer)” in his 2015 text entitled Varietal Wines; the region is more beautiful than this description evokes, but equally the description is accurate.  So returning to the […]