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Mayford 2017 “Ovens Crossing”

“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- French barriques (50% new) aged for 11 months [then blended and returned to older oak for a further 11 months.] Fuller-bodied but not heavy. Very detailed tannins and it’s a delicious drink that will reward more with ageing.” Drink to 2030.

96 points 2020 Halliday Wine Companion

$55.00

Released September 2019

 

The 2017 vintage was one from the heavens across north east Victoria.

 

Good winter and spring rainfall restored river flows and replenished underground water systems, leading into a cool and dry summer without massive temperature extremes. Harvest was 2-3 weeks later than an “average’ year and the longer hang time and milder temperatures produced pure-fruited, finely structured and super elegant wines across the board.

 

The mild, dry days and cold nights throughout the ripening season, provided perfect conditions for ripening Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon, the two heroes of this gorgeous blend- allowing aromas to intensify and tannins to mature whilst still retaining natural acidity.

 

This unique blend of estate produced Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon is made in limited volumes from exceptional vintages.

 

Hand-picked parcels of low-cropping Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon were harvested just 8 days apart in the last two weeks of March 2017 and were chilled and cold soaked before undergoing natural yeast fermentation in small open fermenters.  Basket pressed just prior to dryness to finish fermentation and MLF in French oak barriques- 50% new for 11 months before blending, then returned to older oak for a further 11 months.

 

A deep, dark and brooding wine that will express itself more fully in time.

 

Wafts of cocoa nibs and dusty cigar box wrap a core of dark, ripe fruit. Black cherry, cassis, sarsaparilla and a lovely dried herb fragrance lift as it slowly reveals its allure. Medium in weight, balance is everything as the tannins weave a seamless dance, sinewy but firm and tongue coating.

 

Truly a gorgeous wine with enormous cellaring potential.  Just 100 dozen made

 

Drink 2021-2030.

 

Bottled February 2019

 

Bottled under screw cap

Mayford 2019 Tempranillo

“Mayford and Tempranillo have become synonymous.

There’s plenty of bold flavour here though there’s a firm undertow of tannin and it feels seamless throughout. In fact overall integration here, particularly of oak and fruit, is excellent. Coffee, cola, black cherry, sweet herbs and roasted meat notes. It feels up-front and generous at first but then the finish trails out beautifully.”

Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

$42.00

Released August 2021

 

2019 brought another excellent season- warm and dry with moderate  yields and small- berried fruit in perfect condition.

 

Tempranillo was hand-picked in fourteen small parcels between 28 February and 18 March. The younger clones (planted 2015) yielded sufficiently to be managed as individual ferments.

 

Each separate batch was chilled and cold soaked prior to natural ferment in open pots with extensive hand plunging. Some batches had a percentage of stalk and whole bunch inclusion and others, extended post ferment-maceration.

 

Each wine was then basket pressed before being put to barrel for maturation in French barriques (25% new) for eleven months, retaining malo lees for texture and complexity. An exhilarating blending process completed the journey.

 

Perfumed and alluring .  Exotic Black forest aromas of dark cherry and cocoa dust mingle with savoury notes, linament, charred meats and soy.  A heady mix of dark fruits, dried herbs and spice.

 The palate shows poise and balance.  It is mid-weight with fleshy dark fruits, black cherry and sarsaparilla, spice, bitter chocolate, and char.  Glorious velvety tannins coat the tongue and give firm punctuation. Beautifully complex and balanced.

 

Drink 2022-2035.

 

Bottled February 2020

 

Bottled under screwcap.

Mayford 2019 “John Warwick” Chardonnay

“12.9% alcohol but wow does it have a lot to offer.

Intensity of flavour here is fantastic. The palate is buoyant with peach, lime, nectarine and custard apple-like flavours though sweet oak too applies an appropriate boost. You take a sip and think, Whoa, we’re onto something here. Length is excellent, so too power, and personality. There’s a fresh, citrussy sear to this and yet it feels bold and textural throughout. This is a stand-out chardonnay from Mayford.”

Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

$42.00

Released July 2021

 

With 2019 the excellent run of vintages continued in northeast Victoria. We were blessed once again with a warm, dry season that gifted good (but not excessive) yields and small- berried fruit in perfect condition. Harvest took place towards the earlier end of the spectrum with quite a condensed window of ripening across the varietal range.

 

In 2019 the Chardonnay was hand-picked in small parcels between 22 February and 7 March.  Each batch was chilled overnight before whole bunch pressing directly to French oak barriques.  With this process of sequential filling no two barrels are alike; the first cuts of each press cycle are clean, fruit forward and elegant, the latter cuts with higher solids levels, producing more savoury and textural wines.

 

After filling to oak (25% new), the juice underwent fermentation by indigenous yeasts and partial malo.  No acid additions were made.  Matured in barrel with regular lees stirring for 11 months prior to blending and filtration.

 

The 2019 Chardonnay is a wine of poise and precision.

It opens with heady aromatics of warm brioche, crème caramel, poached nectarines, toasted nuts and spice. White flowers (gardenia) and minerally oyster shell characters add lift and complexity.

The palate is lusciously textural with spicy oak and citrus flavours, yet restrained and elegant, balanced by perfectly judged acidity.

 

Drink 2021-2040

 

Bottled February 2020

 

Bottled under screw cap.

Mayford 2017 Shiraz

“Mayford is one of the best producers of cool climate Shiraz in Australia: up with the likes of Giaconda and Clonakilla for their Porepunkah Shiraz.”.

Anthony D’Anna, Boccacio Cellars Newsletter

$42.00

Bottled February 2019

 

The 2017 vintage was hailed across the north east of Victoria as the “vintage of the decade”. (Mind you, that was before the spectacular 2018 vintage came along!)

 

Good winter and spring rainfall restored river flows and replenished underground water systems, leading into a cool and dry summer without massive temperature extremes. The mild conditions continued into autumn, enabling grapes to ripen slowly and fully but without accumulating unduly high sugar levels.

 

Across the board, harvest at Mayford was three weeks later than a “normal” year, producing beautifully pure-fruited, finely structured and super elegant wines. The Shiraz was no exception.

 

In the 2017 vintage the results of our extensive clonal diversification programme (which commenced in 2011) can be clearly seen. The Mayford vineyard currently has 14 different clones of Shiraz planted, many of which are hard-to-come-by heritage clones. Each brings a different expression of the variety and contributes complexity and interest to the overall blend. In general terms, the new clonal plantings give perfume and fragrance- the original 25 year-old Shiraz block bringing maturity, depth and power.

 

Small parcels were selectively hand-picked over the last three weeks of March 2017 and vinified separately according to clone and harvest date. Each batch was chilled and cold soaked prior to spontaneous fermentation by indigenous yeasts. With so many small ferments, no winemaker can resist the opportunity to trial and compare, thus each batch had varying times on skins, percentages of whole berry/bunch, degrees of post ferment maceration and of course a diverse range of cooperages. Oak maturation was in French barriques for 22 months, 30% new.

 

A beautiful and balanced example of Shiraz from a cooler climate.

Perfumed notes of spiced plums, violets, dark berries and glazed rhubarb. The palate is all dark glossy fruits; blood plum, black cherry and spice with a lick of top-quality French oak.  The frame is medium, the tannins fine.  Balance, elegance and persistence.

 

Drink 2020-2028.

 

 

Bottled under screwcap.