2017
Joshua Cooper
'Straws Lane Vineyard'
Pinot Noir
Macedon Ranges

2017
Joshua Cooper
'Straws Lane Vineyard'
Pinot Noir
Macedon Ranges

The Straws Lane Vineyard was established in 1987 by Clive Rowe, and planted predominantly to Pinot Noir, it is now tended by the meticulous Elizabeth Hudsbeth and Alex Stevenson. Straws Lane is situated at 2,800 feet above sea level on the north face of Mount Macedon in red volcanic mountain loam, the vines overlook the southern side of the Cobaw Ranges, often from up in the clouds.

The latest ripening site in the region, this vineyard provides small crops of thick skinned and intensely flavored grapes at especially low sugar levels. The classic 2017 season was a return to slow steady ripening providing low yields of concentrated grapes with beautiful balance and freshness, in this case around 1.4 tons per acre.

Once hand harvested in the cool of morning, with careful sorting in the vineyard, 50% was transferred as whole cluster to a single open fermenter, the remainder gently de-stemmed and placed on top. The must was then allowed to soak 4-5 days at its cool ambient temperature until fermentation commenced. There after the grapes were gently extracted by a combination of pumping over and pigéage by foot. The wine, then pressed after a total of three weeks on skins, is transferred to a single new (Laurent “Magic Cask” thick stave, blonde toast) and four old (6-10-year-old) oak Burgundian pièce for lees aging for 12 months, followed by six months in stainless steel on fine lees. The wine is lightly racked and bottled unfined and unfiltered with the only addition to the wine being a small dose of sulfur the week before bottling.

Bright, light ruby. The altitude and marginality of this site are immediately apparent. Incredibly perfumed and transparent, with exotic spices, pepper, poached strawberry and red current. The palate is bony and acid etched, framed by silky tannin. A wine to contemplate as it builds weight and depth with air and time in the glass.

  • Region: Macedon Ranges
  • Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Vineyard: Straws Lane Vineyard
  • Vine Age: 30 years old
  • Viticulture: Lutte Raisonée / Sustainable
  • Yield: 1.4 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Red Volcanic Loam
  • Alcohol: 12%
  • Skin Contact: Three weeks
  • Oak: 12 months in four old Burgundy pièce and one new Laurent 228mL pièce
  • Production: 125 cases
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