Fruit for the 2020 Shadowfax Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir was grown on the Little Hampton, Midhill, Big Shed, Straws Lane and Chanters Ridge vineyards in the Macedon Ranges. A late and wet spring set small crops. A cool summer and mild spring led to a very long growing season. The high-elevation sites in the Macedon Ranges led to extra cool nights, helping to retain natural acidity in the grapes, which ripened late in the season with full flavour and phenolic ripeness.
Bunches were hand picked in small batches in pristine condition. The fruit was carefully sorted and destemmed with 100% whole berries into small open fermenters. Natural fermentation occurred with daily hand pumpovers and limited plunging to extract fine tannins and flavour. After two weeks on skins the wine was pressed and then racked into new (30%) and used French hogsheads, where it rested and grew. The wine was then blended and filtered prior to bottling in January 2020.
This elegant Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir has brooding spice aromas including cardamom, star anise, sandalwood and citrus blossom. Maraschino cherries and wild berries give lift in the glass, as do hints of tangerine. The wine has intrigue and flair, evolving over time. Blackberries and spice spill onto the palate. This generous Pinot has breadth and expanse, yet shows poise from seams of ripe grape tannins. There's complexity galore with sandalwood and Campari spice interacting with dark plum fruits. The palate is long and persistent yet light on its feet, bringing you back for more. This is a fine and powerful example of cool-climate, high altitude Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir. – Al Timms, Shadowfax