Place of Changing Winds is the work of Robert Walters. I met Rob back in the 90s, since when he's had a stellar career in wine. He founded Wine Planet and successfully rode the dot com boom... one of the few to do so. He went on to start Bibendum, which has become one of Australia's top wine importers.
Rob started planting a vineyard in Macedon in 2012. This is a project of perfection, with 'no compromise, no regrets' being the motto. Robs dedication was recognised when Place of Changing Winds was awarded Best New Winery 2022 at the Halliday Wine Companion Awards.
"The fruit was 90% destemmed, and post-ferment was matured for 18 months in Stockinger oak (25% new). This has great clarity and depth of colour, and an extra layer of richness, initially with the essence of dark berries, switching to red berries minutes later, the mouthfeel supple and smooth."
98 points. James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion).
"Less than 10% whole bunch from vines planted at 20000 to 33000 vines per hectare. Immense. Need gnomes to farm it. The yields are extra low too. High toned perfume, lots of white pepper, preserved cherry, red plum, roast vegetables, anise. So attractive. The palate has a come hither fleshiness and richness, dark spice, new leather, brightness to fruit but its the dark stuff and yet finds a crispness with incredible inward concentration. Gravelly grip with a glide. It has this open weave and flavour, depth too but has this really distinct feel of ‘there is more to come’ – such a good personality in that regard."
96+ Points. Mike Bennie. The Wine Front.
"Deep red with a tinge of purple, the bouquet powerful and very complex, concentration and power here, as well as detail. Forest-floor, humus, dark-fruits and fivespices, earth and dried herbs. There is tremendous concentration and power, a deep core of sweet fruit, the tannins ample and mouth-coating but also beautifully balanced, the length prodigious. An outstanding pinot noir in a bigger style."
96 points. Huon Hooke (The Real Review)
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