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Curly Flat Chardonnay 2017

Curly Flat produce a benchmark chardonnay style in the Macedon Ranges in Victoria. This wine opens to a lovely aroma of white nectarines. The acidity on the palate is towards high, but fine boned and attractive. Oak is well integrated and the length is long on the finish. Rating: Very Good. Abv: 13%. Price: $46.…Continue readingCurly Flat Chardonnay 2017

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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…Continue readingCurly Flat Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir 2017

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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…Continue readingWiliams Crossing by Curly Flat Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir 2016

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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…Continue readingCurly Flat Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir 2015

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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.…Continue readingMitchell Harris Sabre Vintage Sparkling 2013

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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…Continue reading3 excellent Victorian chardonnays: Mount Mary 2005, Gembrook Hill 2005 and Bindi Quartz 2005

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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…Continue readingGranite Hills TOR Syrah 2006

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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…Continue readingGranite Hills Riesling 2013

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Hanging Rock Cuvée XII Brut NV

This sparkling wine from Hanging Rock proved to be an outstanding bottle.  Disgorged in September 2009 after 6 years on lees, it is a blend of pinot noir and chardonnay with fruit sourced from vintages from 2001 back to 1987 in the cool Macedon Ranges.  It has a very complex aroma, reminding of honey, yeast,…Continue readingHanging Rock Cuvée XII Brut NV

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Domaine Epis Chardonnay 2004

Domaine Epis is a small producer in the Macedon Ranges, and the 2004 vintage of Epis’ chardonnay was made by Stuart Anderson of Balgownie Estate fame. The Epis is a good wine and remarkably still presents quite youthfully.  A little cloudy in the glass, it has a pale intensity lemon colour.  Its aromatics are initially…Continue readingDomaine Epis Chardonnay 2004

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Langtons Classification Tasting: September 2013

The Langtons auction house classification tasting has quickly become one of the “must attend” tastings on the Australian wine calendar.  The Langtons classification is a ranking of 123 of Australia’s best wines in the categories “exceptional”, “outstanding”, “excellent” and “distinguished”.  To make the grade, the wine must have at least 10 vintages, and a judgement is formed…Continue readingLangtons Classification Tasting: September 2013

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Cleveland Pinot Noir 1998

Cleveland was a very good producer of pinot noir and chardonnay in the Macedon Ranges.  I’ve tasted the 1998 pinot noir a couple of times, and in each case, the style is a resolutely masculine Burgundian like expression.  Most recently, in 2015, this wine had aromatics of dried herbs, bacon and leafy characters.  The palate…Continue readingCleveland Pinot Noir 1998