Mount Macleod Pinot 2016
The wine is a clear light garnet colour. On the nose it's amazing to find some real Pinot characters rather than just sweet, straightforward fruit, which is usually the case with Australian Pinot at this price. Instead you'll find sour cherries as well as a slight barnyard/earthy character. Even though the wine is almost 14% alcohol, it has none of the big, juicy, syrupiness that can afflict Australian (and NZ for that matter) Pinots. On the palate the wine is lean, delicate and elegant, with flavours of sour cherries and berries, as well as hints of pepper and spice. When I spoke to the winemaker, he said the key attribute he is striving for with this wine is purity. The tannins are very fine and firm, yet well balanced acidity gives a nice dry finish.
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.
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. The palate is juicy and fresh with subtle notes of clove and spice. Young and vibrant at the moment but there are fine grained fruit tannins that will see the wine develop and show lovely secondary characters as the wine reaches four of five years old. Winemaker's Note.