'One of Australia’s brightest young winemakers.' Mike Bennie.
'The releases are tiny, so get in quickly. These are classic, medium-weight wines of elegance and purity, with an Old World self-confidence and a carefully measured degree of wine making input.' Jeremy Oliver
Without doubt, Joshua Cooper is one of the raising young stars in Australian winemaking. We have been enthusiastic supporters of Josh's wines since his first releases a few years ago, a skinsy Vermentino and a Chardonnay whose bottle was adorned with a single, small scrap of gold paper, leftover labels from a bottling apparently. As the years have progressed Josh has slowly and thoughtfully added to his range of wines, taking fruit from a number of iconic vineyards in the Macedon Ranges, and just just outside, to put together a stable of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that rival some of the countries benchmarks.
The new release 2019's are arguably the best wines to date, representing the diversity of the Macedon Ranges and what is wonderful about the varieties. As always, we jumped at the chance to secure a small amount across the range and given the limited production, these are almost already gone.
If you are already familiar with Josh's wines then these are a no brainer, if not however, now is a great time to introduce yourself to this talented producer.
Joshua Cooper 'Captains Creek Vineyard' Chardonnay 2019
"From Blampied, which I have never visited, but want to just to take a photo in front of the town sign welcoming visitors to it, Population 212 (2016 census).
A flavoursome yet relatively lean chardonnay, offers up green apple, light nougat character, prickly, saline mineral vein through it all and a flinty finish. A wine of character without being too overt, a little waxy in texture, lingering far beyond each sip. Very good chardonnay, a little more square than other Josh Cooper releases, but ain’t nothing wrong with that. The top line message can read, ‘chardonnay showing flavour, thank you’." 94pts MIKE BENNIE, www.winefront.com.au
Joshua Cooper 'Cope-Williams Vineyard' Chardonnay 2019
"This is insanely delicious. It wins the millionth customer award where streamers and confetti fall from the ceiling. It’s the texture of Persian fairy floss, ok, that’s obscure, but it feels glassy, crisp, lacy at once, and delivers this high tensile crunch like the rim of a Zalto glass bitten off in your teeth. The flavours are saline, nutty, some green apple, a touch of natural yoghurt, but savouriness is the forte and acidity is the trump card. Boil this prose down and you have something so brilliantly drinkable, unique feeling and beautifully poised between its elements, while remaining expressive and kinda wild. Jeepers, onto something here." 96pts MIKE BENNIE, winefront.com.au.
Joshua Cooper 'The Old Port Righ Vineyard' Chardonnay 2019
"Beautiful wine, sleek and slim, lemon curd meets green apple, strong talc-like mineral characters, jasmine and frangipani floral notes, faintest salted nutty savouriness in the mix. Rolls epically long, so perfect, so clean, so fine, lots of good inward concentration, general sense of vitality and energy. Brilliant wine, just missing that extra dimension this year to take it to the next level, but it sits at an epic one anyway." 95pts MIKE BENNIE, winefront.com.au.
Joshua Cooper 'Doug's Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2019
"Scents of wet fern, fresh picked green herb, just ripe cranberries, cardamom and, curiously, Worcestershire sauce. The palate is more straight laced, red cherries, sour-ish though, more of that caradmon and some clove spice, blood orange acidity and something ferrous to close in the whisper of light, puckering tannins. It’s racy and strict, pale in its personality, you could say a little thin, but all the detail is there. Needs time, but is beautiful in its shy, quiet way." 94+pts MIKE BENNIE, winefront.com.au.
Joshua Cooper 'Ray-Monde Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2019
"Whenever I see the name Ray Monde (the vineyard) I always want to push the names together to make a plain old ‘Raymond’ to match up with ‘Doug’s’ in the Joshua Cooper naming stakes. This cuvee always sounds like the posher one you need to fake in a French accent. Which fits, of course. The vineyard is sustainably, regeneratively farmed and by all conversations a remarkable place and site.
Such charm and ease here. In the parlance of spin bowling, flight and guile. Lofty, fragrant perfume of rose petals, old spice cupboard, kirsch and warm pebbles. The palate is ethereal, feels kind of transparent but the haul of fine, lacy tannins and lingering cherry juice and brown spice flavours layer in perfectly, long and with assertion. It’s a wine for contemplating and taking slow, has the sense of high pedigree that sits you back a bit from wolfing it down. Texture, beauty, joy, all wrapped up in a red liquid. A compelling release – one of Australia’s best pinot noirs." 96pts MIKE BENNIE, www.winefront.com.au