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2015
Joshua Cooper Wines
'The Old Port Righ Vineyard'
Chardonnay
Macedon Ranges

2015
Joshua Cooper Wines
'The Old Port Righ Vineyard'
Chardonnay
Macedon Ranges

This site is remarkable. 34 year old vines on the historic old Portree Vineyard, one of the original plantings of the Macedon Ranges. A late ripening, windblown, site at 2,000 feet in altitude, just outside township of Lancefield. Unusually for the Macedon Ranges the soils are Cambrian limestone intermixed with patches of granite.

Due to the cool, windy nature of the site, the fruit typically ripens at a low sugar level, with small berries, thick skins and with a high proportion of millerandange and hen and chicken. The 2015 season, though early, proved to be a wonderfully even and balanced. Once hand harvested in the cool of morning, with sorting in the vineyard, the grapes are partially foot crushed then very gently, slowly pressed over five or so hours.

The juice is then settled for 24 hours then racked with all but the very coarse solids to 4 Burgundian piece and some stainless steel. Three ~20 years old and one new (Gillet long seasoned, Blonde/Extra light toast), 150L is sent to stainless. A long slow fermentation saw most of the wine completely dry only the following Spring, while the malolactic also took almost six months to finish.

The wine sees one year in oak on full lees, no stirring, and no racking, then transferred to stainless steel with all the fine lees for a further 4 months élevage. It is bottled without fining or filtering and the only addition is a small dose of sulfur.

Quite the golden color, but no problem with the wine. Butter menthol and aniseed, old cedar, nectarine and preserved lemon. It’s cool feeling with fine acidity, a light lemon butter flavor and glycerol texture, then a burst of citrus on a long flinty finish. Lovely. ‘Chablis’ style you might call it, if you were so inclined.

  • Region: Macedon Ranges
  • Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
  • Vintage: 2015
  • Vineyard: The Old Port Righ Vineyard
  • Vine Age: 34 years old
  • Viticulture: Organic
  • Yield: 1.2 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Cambrian Limestone with Patches of Granite
  • Alcohol: 12.9%
  • Oak: 12 months in 15% Stainless Steel & 85% French barrique (75% neutral - 25% new)
  • Production: 100 cases
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