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Mayford 2018 “Ovens Crossing”

Opening with intrigue, in a style reminiscent of some of the great Italian wines that are highly structural yet beautifully perfumed – think Nebbiolo or perhaps Aglianico.  The dark, tarry undertones are interlaced with fragrant, earthy aromatics; cigar box, chicory, red currant, musk and marzipan.

Slowly as the lid opens, the great complexity of this wine becomes apparent.  The palate is medium weight, but smooth and integrated with dark luscious fruits, spices and savoury tobacco leaf characters.  It has length and liveliness with sinewy tannins that wire together the skeleton of this unique and delicious wine.

$55.00

Released August 2022

 

 VINTAGE CONDITIONS

The 2018 vintage in Porepunkah was outstanding.  

Solid winter and spring rains heralded a cool start to summer, followed by a prolonged warm and dry autumn. These conditions produced good fruit set, even veraison and enabled full tannin and flavour development- and thus structural, balanced and complete wines that are amongst some of the finest that we have made at Mayford.

WINEMAKING & TASTING NOTES

The distinct diurnal range of the sub-alpine Mayford vineyard in Porepunkah provides ideal conditions for ripening Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon, the two heroes of this unique blend.  Warm daytime temperatures allow aromas to intensify and tannins to mature fully, whilst cool nights assist with the retention of delicate aromatics and natural acidity.

Small parcels of low-cropping Tempranillo were hand-picked from the ridge of the original Tempranillo block in early March, and the Cabernet Sauvignon some three weeks later. Each batch was chilled and cold soaked before undergoing natural yeast fermentation in small open fermenters, then basket pressed, just prior to dryness, to finish fermentation and MLF in oak.

Nominally allocated at pressing for the Ovens Crossing blend, these components were put to French oak barriques- 50% new – for 11 months and then blended and returned to older oak for a further 11 months. A further 28 months of bottle maturation allowed the oak, dense tannin and dark fruit to work their way into balance for winter 2022 release.

Opening with intrigue, in a style reminiscent of some of the great Italian wines that are highly structural yet beautifully perfumed – think Nebbiolo or perhaps Aglianico.  The dark, tarry undertones are interlaced with fragrant, earthy aromatics; cigar box, chicory, red currant, musk and marzipan.

Slowly as the lid opens, the great complexity of this wine becomes apparent.  The palate is medium weight, but smooth and integrated with dark luscious fruits, spices and savoury tobacco leaf characters.  It has length and liveliness with sinewy tannins that wire together the skeleton of this unique and delicious wine.

Drink 2023-2035

Bottled February 2000

Mayford Ovens Crossing is made in limited volumes from exceptional vintages. 

Mayford 2021 Chardonnay

With the 2021 release, Mayford Chardonnay is taken to a new level. Tight, poised and seamless, it is ready to weather the tests of time.

$42.00

Released June 2022

 

A mild winter followed by a wet spring in 2020 preceded a cool start to the 2021 vintage cycle. The summer was cool and uncharacteristically wet, without the sharp spikes in temperature that often characterise the start of the ripening season.  Autumn continued in a cool pattern, allowing grape ripening to occur in an unhurried fashion.  

 

In 2021 the Chardonnay was hand-picked in small parcels between 17th February and 7th March. Each batch was chilled down before whole bunch pressing directly to French oak barriques (25% new). By virtue of this sequential filling process, 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.

 

In oak the juice underwent fermentation by indigenous yeasts and partial malolactic fermentation. No acid additions were made. Matured in barrel with regular lees stirring for 11 months prior to blending and filtration.

 

With the 2021 release, Mayford Chardonnay is taken to a new level. Tight, poised and seamless, it is ready to weather the tests of time.

 

Citrus blossom, brulée, lemon posset … grilled nuts and crusty bread. It smells delicious and inviting, yet no one part dominates. 

 

It is lusciously textured, with flavours that last and last, collected by gentle, lingering acidity.

 

Restrained, refined, elegant yet powerful … it is a fine steed harnessed, but with energy and stamina to go the mile.

 

Drink 2023-2040.

 

Bottled February 2022

 

Bottled under screw cap

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 2018 Shiraz

“Another exciting journey into cool-climate shiraz territory, exuding both strength and intensity, but with a fine touch.”

2022 Halliday Wine Companion

$42.00

Released October 2021

 

The 2018 vintage in Porepunkah was sensational.

Solid winter and spring rainfall lead into a cool start to summer, followed by a prolonged warm and dry autumn. These conditions produced good fruit set, even veraison and enabled full tannin and flavour development- resulting in structural, balanced and complete wines that are amongst some of the finest that we have made at Mayford.

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 26 year-old Shiraz block bringing maturity, depth and power.

 

Small parcels of Shiraz were selectively hand-picked over the first three weeks of March 2018 and vinified separately according to clone and harvest date. Each batch was chilled and cold soaked prior to spontaneous fermentation by indigenous yeasts.  Complexity was enhanced by 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.

 

Classic Mayford Shiraz, with fragrance, depth and complexity in spades.

 

Darkly perfumed with rich spice and succulent black fruits.  Black pepper and cloves overlay a core of ripe mulberry and black cherry with lifted notes of violets and cassis.

 

Earthy and plush, with black brambly fruits and woody spice, the palate shows complexity and persistence without heaviness.  Age worthy , cool-climate Shiraz from an outstanding vintage.

 

Drink 2022-2035.

Bottled October 2020

Bottled under screwcap.