Three legends are involved in the Domaine Epis and Epis and Williams wines, two of them in their own lifetime. They are long-term Essendon guru and former player Alec Epis, who owns the two quite separate vineyards and brands; Stuart Anderson, who directs winemaking, with Alec doing all the hard work; and the late Laurie Williams, the father of viticulture in the Macedon region and the man who established the Flynn and Williams vineyard in 1976. Alec Epis purchased that vineyard from Laurie Williams in '99, and as a mark of respect (and with Laurie's approval) continued to use his name, in conjunction with his own.
This area of the Macedon Ranges never ceases to amaze us with the quality of the fruit that we are able to produce. Of course we practice good vineyard management and grow 1 1/2 tonnes of fruit to the acre, that enables us to get beautiful ripe fruit. This vintage 2019 was a terrific crop and as a result all the “wine buffs” are saying by far that the 2019 Pinot Noir is the best Pinot Noir I have made. So get in early as it’s going to go out quickly - same applies to 2019 Chardonnay and Cab/Merlot - Alec Epis
It’s a deeper, darker, more richly fruited iteration of Epis Pinot, though I hasten to add it still feels light. It’s sweet dark cherry and exotic spice, dried roses and just a flicker of mint. Tannin is supple and buried deep in the wine, but swish it around in your mouth and you feel the discreet emery grip it offers. Spicy biscuits and a touch of more savoury undergrowth is there, but at this stage, it’s all about that cherry pastille fruit flavour. Finish is long, glistening with soft cool acidity, and that latent tannin firming it up. I you’re a bit of a synaesthete, you could imagine you’re drinking liquid rubies. Tasted: Sept 20; Alcohol: 12.5%; Price: $75; Closure: Diam; Drink: 2021-2029; Rated: 95 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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