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2021 Mount Macleod Pinot Noir

The Collective Review

With organically grown fruit from Gippsland (the same region as where Bass Phillip harks from), Mount Macleod delivers dry-grown, hands-off winemaking with wild ferments and honest-to-goodness deliciousness. It’s a wine that over-delivers big time; an intoxicating mix of forest floor, cherry, oriental spice and sleek tannins.

You’ll not find Mount Macleod shouted out in every guidebook. They’re no score junkies, or wines to make headlines or win trophies. It’s just perfectly pitched Pinot, made from the soul of the earth, with thought-provoking complexity and a timeless, back-to-nature vibe.

Gippsland is often forgotten in the hierarchy of great Australian Pinot Noir regions, but this sprawling area can deliver wines with both concentration and elegance.

Mount Macleod typically dips more towards elegance, with this organically farmed site so often delivering graceful pithy, plum and raspberry-driven wines of lightness and grace.

2021 was unequivocally one of the great vintages for southern Victoria, and this release looks superb - it’s bigger than in previous years, with an alluring spice-flecked nose and a perfectly proportioned palate.

You simply won’t find a better value Pinot in Victoria, let alone something sustainably farmed and crafted with the care of this Mount Macleod release.

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Tasting Notes

It’s a silky Pinot with a fleshy, textural palate, a heady mix of red fruit, loads of spice and forest-floor savouriness encased by sleek, juicy tannins. It’s a wine that over-delivers big time; if you haven’t tasted a Macleod Pinot for a while, do yourself a favour.

Winemakers Note

Fermented wild with 10% whole bunches, the wine was raised on lees in a mixture of concrete and old wooden barrels (at least 10 uses) that previously housed the Caledonia Australis Pinot.

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