Shadowfax Macedon Ranges Chardonnay 2020
1 or more bottles$29.99
Huon Hooke95 points
2020 Shadowfax Macedon Ranges Chardonnay comes from three superb, unique sites: Midhill, Mt Macedon and Little Hampton. A late and wet 2019 spring in the Macedon Ranges set small crops. Then 2020's cool summer and mild spring led to a very long growing season. The elevation (740m above sea level) of Little Hampton gives it extra cool nights, helping to retain natural acidity in the grapes.
Hand harvested fruit was firmly whole bunch pressed to impart some skin contact to release the full flavour profile and impart some phenolic texture. Natural ferment occurred in new (24%) and older French barrels. The wine was left to unwind and age slowly on its ferment lees to add generosity. Every barrel was treated as is own entity, with some allowed to go through natural Malolactic fermentation to add further depth. After 11 months the wine was racked and filtered prior to bottling in February 2021.
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"(2019 Vintage) This wine charms with its fruit-driven nature, the bouquet suggesting nougat and lemon, with nigh invisible oak; the palate superbly balanced and beautifully composed, with line, length and emerging complexity."
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The Australian wine industry is the fourth-largest exporter in the world, exporting 760 million litres to countries such as the UK, France, Italy and Spain. It has been one of the most successful 'New World' wine producing countries. It has done this by formally exporting and marketing its wines as a whole, through Wine Australia. There is also a significant domestic market for Australian wines, with Australians consuming nearly 500 million litres of wine per year. The wine industry is a significant contributor to the Australian economy through production, employment, export and tourism.
Wine regions are in almost all the states with Victoria having 21 regions! Read more about key wine regions such as Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley and local to New South Wales, Cowra, Southern Highlands and Mudgee.
The wine region of Victoria has the highest number of grapevines than any other state in Australia. It is home to over 600 wineries and well-known regions such as Yarra Valley, Heathcote, and Rutherglen. Victoria is situated in the southeastern corner of Australia where due to the location, the climate has a cool maritime influence and is known for its outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, along with producing Australia’s most famed dessert Muscat and Topaque wines.
There are a number of different terroir levels throughout the wine region of Victoria which leads to the production of different ranges of wines. In the southern region of Victoria, the vines are regulated by the cool winds of the Bass Strait. Central Victoria consists of mostly flat terrain that tends to be drier and warmer than the rest of Victoria, which results in more fruit concentrated wines. It may be surprising to note that Victoria is the third most productive wine region in Australia, seeing as it does not have as many areas suitable for viticulture, which has resulted in the cellar door culture of Victoria being concentrated with smaller, but more personal boutique wineries.
Located less than an hour’s drive from Melbourne, the Macedon Ranges is a wine region comprising elevated plains and parts of the Great Dividing Range and the Central Victorian Highlands. Home to over 40 wineries, this wine region is probably most well known for their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay infused sparkling wines. The wineries at Macedon Ranges are known to produce high quality wines that are limited in quantity.
The Macedon Ranges are the coldest grape growing region in mainland Australia because of its cool to cold temperatures due to the fact that the ranges are 400-700 meters above sea level. The Great Dividing Range makes a natural watershed dividing the region into two separate but related areas. Both of these areas have a base of volcanic soil and have heavy amounts of winter rain, and the long and cool summers and autumns hold perfect conditions for extended ripening periods of fruit. The southern areas of Gisborne, Lancefield and Romsey create high quality wines from early ripening varieties, such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The northern areas of Kyneton, Metcalfe, Taradale, Malmsbury, Springhill, Glenlyon, Daylesford, and Yandoit tend to produce amazing full bodied shiraz, Riesling and Merlot.
The grapes grown in the Macedon Ranges hold an unbelievable mix of bright acidity and steely backbone with intense flavor which creates a harmonious balance between alcohol, acidity and fruit complexity which makes the wines from this region a great choice for all kinds of food pairings such as beef tartare, and duck breast.
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About the brand Shadowfax
Established in 1998, Shadowfax is a boutique winery located just 30 minutes from Melbourne, in the heart of Werribee Park. Dedicated to creating high quality and handcrafted wines, our renowned varieties include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Shiraz as well as a selection of highly limited, single-vineyard wines.
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