Mayford Wines – ★★★★★
Anderson & Marsh Parell Albariño 2121 – Gold – Rating 95
With each release, these 2 talented winemakers work hard to unravel the Spanish grape’s great mystery, not to mention suitability to our soils. They come mighty close in 2021, delivering a complex and aromatic wine of some beauty. Honeysuckle, lemon, pithy grapefruit, honeydew melon and touch of preserved lemon savouriness join a fleshy, mealy texture and spiced palate. Utterly attention grabbing, not to mention, delicious.
Mayford Wines Shiraz 2018 – Gold – Rating 95
Another exciting journey into cool-climate shiraz territory, exuding both strength and intensity, but with a fine touch. Scent of blackberries, generous spice and earth. Starts with a bang flavour-wise, all ripe, a no-beg-your-pardon confidence, but then slides irresistibly into an embrace of violet, dark chocolate and warm, woodsy spice.
Mayford Wines Ovens Crossing 2018 – Gold – Rating 95
Do yourself a favour and make this a keeper. While everything is in its place and nicely so, it’s still got a way to go, which is the winemaker’s intention. It is made with longevity in mind, hence the firm tannin structure and the noted involvement of vanillan oak wrapped around some classy, generous black fruits, spice and wild herbs. The middle palate sings a mighty tantalising song.
Mayford Wines Tempranillo 2019 – Gold – Rating 95
Winemaker Eleana Anderson is among a handful of leading tempranillo producers in this country forging ahead with the grape. This is a smart tempranillo, delivering a fine-grained elegance. Ripe, dark fruits lead by black cherry envelope the senses. Red licorice, violets and herbs add a fragrant touch on the palate, nicely entwined by savoury tannins. This wine is definitely heading in the direction of super-complexity. Keep it ageing a little longer, if you can.
Mayford Wines “John Warwick” Chardonnay 2019 – Silver – Rating 93
Named in honour of a Mayford veteran who has worked with the owners for nearly every vintage. Winemaker Eleana Anderson strives for a savoury and mealy style, all almonds, nougat, peach and nectarine, casting a complex web of flavours. Before drawing to a crisp, savoury finish there is a tantalising flourish of apple, orange rind and grilled nuts.
Jeni Port – Halliday Wine Companion 2022