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 Pinot cognoscenti as a fine source of excellent value, aromatically complex and elegant Pinot Noir.
Given the quality and value Mount Macleod offer, their wines remain criminally under-exposed. Cropped from dry grown, organic vines (on deep Gippsland Ferresol) the Pinot is fermented naturally--with one fermenter inoculated with a Pied de Cuve made the previous day--the wine is then raised in a mixture of stainless steel (with a long post ferment maceration) and old wooden barrels that have previously housed the Caledonia Australis Pinot. The 2018 ferments had a greater proportion of whole bunches (20%) than usual which also enabled a shorter extraction period due to good early tannin pickup. In sum, a classically silky Pinot with its classic mix of red fruit, spice and forest floor savouriness.
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