Mayford Wines – ★★★★★
2017, Ovens Crossing – Gold – Rating 96
The varieties were fermented separately, percentages unknown. Probably doesn’t matter as this is harmonious, pulsing with beautiful cool climate fruit. It’s a mix of flavours from cherries and plums to an array of alpine herbs, spices and cedar from the oak, 50% new French barriques aged 11 months. Fuller-bodied but not heavy, very detailed tannins and it’s a delicious drink that will reward more with ageing.
2016, Mayford Shiraz – Gold – Rating 95
Testament to the site and skill of the winemaker when a vintage doesn’t play fair – a hailstorm effectively reduced the crop load by half, but quality is up there. Excellent colour similar to Chanel rouge-noir nail polish; dark fruits, warm earth, woodsy spices plus oak flavour all meshing well. This has power and drive across the full-bodied palate, determined tannins, but it’s also balanced and detailed.
2017, Mayford Tempranillo – Gold – Rating 96
Deep purple-red; dark red fruits, licorice root with a hint of bitumen, earthy and menthol, this is savoury through and through, concentrated yet the tannins are detailed, the length goes on and on. There’s a feeling, and aromas, of substantial oak, all should settle in time. Convincingly impressive and built for the long haul.
2017, Mayford Chardonnay – Gold – Rating 96
Possibly Mayford’s most complete and complex chardonnay to date. Always a richer style, this is superbly balanced, citrus and white stone fruits mingling with wood spices, and the oak neatly integrated. The palate is complex with creamy-leesy flavours and some flinty sulphides resulting in a satisfying wine.
Jane Faulkner – Halliday Wine Companion 2020