Fruit is handpicked and de-stemmed into 3t open fermentation tanks, where 30% whole bunches are added. Must is cold soaked for four days prior to wild yeast fermentation with no temperature control used. Open ferments are hand plunged daily. Wine is gently pressed off skins and run straight to French oak for maturation on lees. Approximately 30% new oak is used, being larger 300 & 500 litre barrels. Following maturation (10 months), the wine is carefully racked and bottled with no filtration or fining.
Rose red with a slight pink hue. The wine is beautifully perfumed, with lifted sweet spice and whole bunch characters. Complex and layered, showing earthy and savoury characters, which mark the contribution made by the whole bunches used during fermentation. The wine is more delicate then the Syme but has more secondary flavours of sour cherries, black olive and spice. There is a lovely lightness, where the wine dances across the palate and finishes fresh and lifted. The tannins sit more in the background, just enough to add texture and structure and keep the wine composed. This is an elegant and complex wine that will reward a few years in bottle.
Burton McMahon is an innovative collaboration between Matt Burton and Dylan McMahon; two winemakers that forged a friendship while driving through the wine regions of France. Together, they source fruit from small, exclusive vineyards around Australia to make interesting and unique wines that reflect varietal character and terroir. The Burton McMahon range is focused on strictly limited releases of small batch Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Victoria. From the vineyard to the winery, the Burton McMahon philosophy is about attention to detail, and creating wines true to their terroir.
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
French clones 114, 115 and 777 grown in the Upper Yarra Valley, hand-picked and sorted in the vineyard, 70% whole berry/30% whole bunches, 20 days on skins, matured in French oak (30% new) for 10 months. Bright colour; perfectly captures the freshness and brightness of the '17 Yarra Valley vintage with juicy cherry plum up front, given context by the savoury whole bunch finish.
GARY WALSH - THE WINE FRONT
Strawberry, spice and stalks, brown bread, vanilla and a Campari-like tang. It’s light and zesty, all spice and stalk, but with plump strawberry flavour, fine grained tannin, orange rind and perfume on a fresh finish. You have to like them in a certain style, but you’d also have to say it’s successful at its game.