This wine demonstrates the ability of sites in the Upper Yarra Valley to produce cool climate wines of great quality and finesse. It was rated 94 points (on the cusp of gold medal status) by The National Cool Climate Wine Show chief judge and Victorian Wine Show Director Robert Paul. That puts it in the top 5% of wines, which is very difficult to achieve.
The fruit for this wine came from an elevated site near Macclesfield, around 10km south of Seville, and 10km west of Hoddles Creek. It is located on a mixture of the classic Upper Yarra friable red to grey volcanic soils over deep clay, on a steeply falling site looking north toward the Warburton Ranges with 20+ year-old vines planted north-south, annual cane pruning and traditional Vertical Shoot Positioning structure. The vineyard is frost-free but benefits from the cooling alpine environment at nights, with full sun exposure during the day and more regular rainfall than on the lower parts of the Valley.
As a result of a long and trouble-free maturation period, the wine has unexpected power and grace, with a delightful perfume of light stone fruit, citrus, oatmeal and clover. It has a bracing acid line while remaining long, sweet and characterful. It will age for ten years at least.