The Mount Macleod Pinot Noir is medium bright red in colour with a purple tinge. Lifted and clean aromas of pomegranate, ripe strawberries and cherries sing away whilst earthier beetroot notes hum away in the background.
The palate is juicy and fresh with subtle notes of clove and spice. Young and vibrant at the moment but there are fine grained fruit tannins that will see the wine develop and show lovely secondary characters as the wine reaches four of five years old.
Mount Macleod is the second label of the Burgundian-inspired (and boutique-scaled) Caledonia Australis who, in their fairly short lifespan, have carved a reputation amongst the cognoscenti as a fine source of excellent value, aromatically complex and elegant Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Given the quality and value Mount Macleod offer, their wines remain criminally under-exposed. The newly released 2014 Mount Macleod Pinot Noir is another excellent value example of Gippsland Pinot Noir.
Review of the 2013 vintage included below;
“94 Points. Excellent vivid purple-crimson; the expressive and fragrant bouquet has shrugged off any limitation from its bottling less than 2 months from this tasting; the palate is full of red cherry and plum fruit, laying the foundation for resounding development as it moves from 100% primary fruit and starts building some spicy, secondary characters. Exceptional value.”- James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion Website.