The Mount Macleod Pinot Noir is medium bright red in colour with a purple tinge. Lifted and clean aromas of pomegranate, ripe strawberries and cherries sing away whilst earthier beetroot notes hum away in the background.
Screwcap. Cropped from dry-grown, organic vines on deep Gippsland ferresol soils. The fruit was fermented naturally then raised in a mixture of tank (with a long post-ferment maceration) and old wooden barrels that previously housed the Caledonia Australis Pinot.
Mount Macleod is the second label of the Burgundian-inspired (and boutique-scaled) Caledonia Australis who, in their fairly short lifespan, have carved a reputation amongst the cognoscenti as a fine source of excellent value, aromatically complex and elegant Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Given the quality and value Mount Macleod offer, their wines remain criminally under-exposed. The newly released 2014 Mount Macleod Pinot Noir is another excellent value example of Gippsland Pinot Noir.
Review of the 2013 vintage included below;
“94 Points. Excellent vivid purple-crimson; the expressive and fragrant bouquet has shrugged off any limitation from its bottling less than 2 months from this tasting; the palate is full of red cherry and plum fruit, laying the foundation for resounding development as it moves from 100% primary fruit and starts building some spicy, secondary characters. Exceptional value.”- James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion Website.