High above the Ovens River, overlooking the sleepy township of Porepunkah, the family-owned Mayford Vineyard lies tucked away from view. Nestled in a hidden valley, with unsurpassed views of Mount Buffalo, the shaley hillside plantings give rise to low yielding vines and wines of intensity and finesse. For winemaker-vigneron couple, Eleana Anderson and Bryan Nicholson, the small range of Mayford Wines is the culmination of many years of toil together, which accounts for a large number of lost weekends and fishing opportunities.
The creation of limited quantities of handcrafted wines is underpinned by a unique site in the foothills of the Victorian Alps, sensitive vineyard management, traditional winemaking practices and the staunch support of family and friends.
It just has that little more power, and yet that little more finesse. This is arguably the finest Mayford Shiraz to date. It’s rich with ripe plum and cherry, has a healthy coating of smoky/cedary oak, shows highlights of clove and boysenberry, and pushes juicily out through the finish. Tannin is particularly well handled. This wine is still arranging itself, still smoothing out its kinks, but its future looks terrifically bright. Tasted: August 2016; Alcohol: 13.9%; Price: $40; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2019-2029+; Rating: 95 Points; Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front
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