Shadowfax Macedon Pinot Noir 2014
All fruit was hand picked and fermented into open vats. Half the fruit was retained as whole bunches, the balance gently destemmed. The new wines were pressed in a mix of new (30%) and used French oak hogsheads for MLF and maturation. The wine was racked, blended then bottled on 17 March 2015.
Deep red, lovely dark edge. Black fruits - plum and cherry – with some undergrowth and lifted florals. A deeply fruited, brooding expression of Macedon Pinot Noir. The low crops have produced a wine with concentration and balance, and a muscular tannin structure. The finish is long, adding another dimension to a wonderful wine. One of our finest to date, rivalling the extraordinary 2012.
Shadowfax has established a strong reputation for region-specific varietal wines. Joint manager and winemaker is Matt Harrop, a New Zealander with great experience. Since the first releases in 1999, Shadowfax has gradually carved out a serious reputation for truly expressive wines. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz have won the lion's share of the attention, while the southern France-accented Minnow blend is building a dedicated following. The 2013 Macedon Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, both vineyard blend and single-site wines, show just how magical the combination of Matt and Macedon is.
Matt Harrop is a New Zealander who started working in wineries when he was 17, attending Roseworthy Agricultural College in South Australia. In his travels, Matt has spent time in the picturesque vineyards of Italy and Moldova, and just before joining Shadowfax, he worked at the Brokenwood Winery in the Hunter Valley and at Nautilus in Marlborough, New Zealand.