big shed wines tasting notes 2012
2007 Macedon Sparkling Pinot/Chardonnay
A classy wine with a creamy meringue palate and soft, lingering acidity. Four years on lees. Macedon Ranges Wine Region - 12.5% alcohol Trophy - Best Sparkling Wine - Daylesford Wine Show 2011
2009 Sparkling Shiraz
Ruby purple colour; generous ripe blackberry fruit with a touch of sweetness. Bendigo Wine Region - 13% alcohol First Place Sparkling Red - Kyneton Wine Show 2011, 2010
Buttered toast on the nose, followed by ripe and complex flavours of fig, cashews and tobacco. A dash of citrus and honey on the finish..
Macedon Ranges Wine Region – 14.3% alcohol
Silver medal – Daylesford Wine Show 2007
Bronze medals - Daylesford Wine Show 2008
Ballarat Wine Show 2008 . Victorian Wines Show 2008
2006 Chardonnay Crisp and zingy. Macedon Ranges Wine Region - 13.2% alcohol
2008 Chardonnay Chardonnay Ripe peach and almonds, subtle and complex. Macedon Ranges Wine Region - 14% alcohol Silver medal - Daylesford Wine Show 2011 Bronze medals - Ballarat Wine Show 2010 2 . Macedon Ranges Wine Exhibition 2010 . Daylesford Wine Show 2010
2006 Pinot Noir
Estate grown fruit. Cherry mint and cedar aromas with a nice balance of soft sweet fruit. Lightly oaked with good weight and length.
Macedon Ranges Wine Region – 13.5% alcohol Second Sash - Kyneton Wine Show 2009
Bronze medals – Daylesford Wine Show 2009 . Macedon Ranges Wine Exhibition 2010
2010 Shiraz Rosé Pale pink, oeil de perdrix; sweet red berries on the nose, soft and simple. Macedon Ranges Wine Region - 12.5% alcohol Bronze medal - Macedon Ranges Wine Exhibition 2011
2008 Pinot Noir
100% estate grown grapes from the Big Shed vineyard was divided into 3 batches. One batch was crushed and destemmed , with one-quarter of the juice being run off after 24 hours to make a rose. Another batch was whole-bunch fermented with pigeage (foot-stomping); and the final picking was crushed and destemmed and fermented in stainless steel. The wine then spent 18 months in new and one-year-old French oak barrels. The resulting pinot noir is dark red, medium-bodied, balanced and smooth with aromas of stewed rhubarb and roasted tomatoes. The flavour is of strawberries, cherries and spicy plums, with savoury notes and some capsicum. Seamless oak, silky texture and a lingering finish; this is a wine which is still young. It will continue to develop in flavour and complexity for at least the next 5 years.
Macedon Ranges Wine Region – 12.7% alcohol
Bronze medals – International Cool Climate Wine Show 2010 . Macedon Ranges Wine Exhibition 2010 . Daylesford Wine Show 2010
2009 Pinot Noir N 2009 was a very hot dry year. Instead of our normal 5 - 7 tonnes we picked 2 1/2 tonnes of small bunches, composed of small berries. In consequence this is a deep red wine with concentrated dark berry fruit and Christmas cake flavours, and a slightly tannic finish. Macedon Ranges Wine Region - 13.5% alcohol Silver medal - Macedon Ranges Wine Exhibition 2011 Third Sash - Kyneton Wine Show 2011
This deep ruby-coloured wine takes a little time to open up. Initially it displays some blackberry aromas with a hint of bubblegum but it soon also develops some savoury, cherry and caramel notes. This is a ripe style that has a considerable depth of flavour: black cherry and sweet blood plums along with the pronounced mintiness of cool climate cabernet sauvignon. The palate is fleshy, full bodied, with generous alcohol and balanced with a just a hint of bitterness and soft, powdery tannins. It needs a little air to fully display the depth and range of its flavours and so would benefit from careful decanting. 80% Cabernet Sauvignon 20% Cabernet Franc
Bendigo Wine Region – 14% alcohol
Silver medals - Victorian Wines Show 2011 - Le Concours des Vins du Victoria 2011 Bronze medals - Ballarat Wine Show 2011 Daylesford Wine Show 2011 **** Winestate Magazine, July/August 2011
2004 Bendigo Shiraz Preservative free.
Bendigo Region – 14.9% alcohol
Bronze medals - Daylesford Wine Show 2008, 2010, 2011
2005 Reserve Shiraz Grapes from Sanctuary Hill Vineyard at Faraday in the Bendigo Wine Region were blended with a very small quantity of ultra cool climate grapes from near Daylesford, and matured in American oak barrels for 20 months. The resulting shiraz is a deep red in colour, with American oak and licorice evident on the nose. The palate shows restrained elegance with mixed sweet ripe berries, plums, licorice and chocolate undertones. It is a medium- to full-bodied wine; complex, rich and velvety smooth with balanced oak and silky ripe tannins.. Delicious now and for the next 5 - 8 years. Bendigo and Macedon Ranges Wine Regions - 14.7% alcohol. Bronze medals - Ballarat Wine Show 2007 . Victorian Wines Show 2007 . Ballarat Wine Show 2010 James Halliday rating 93 (2009)
2008 Bendigo Shiraz A flavour explosion of jammy sweet red and black fruit. Bendigo Wine Region - 14.7% alcohol
2009 Reserve Shiraz Deep purple colour; ripe black fruit with a green edge. Well balanced spice and oak. Macedon Ranges Wine Region - 13.5% alcohol. Bronze medal - Kyneton Wine Show 2011
2005 Shiraz Cabernet Spicy, ripe raspberry and plum aromas meld with the attractive vanillin oak notes in this wine. There is considerable depth of flavour in the glass: black fruits, plum and violets and mint. The well handled oak provides a chocolate note and fine, powdery tannins. This is a harmonious wine, with both sweet and savoury notes, that has a long palate and aftertaste. It is drinking well now but also develops in the glass – showing that it has some cellaring potential.
Alpine Valleys Wine Region – 14.9% alcohol Silver medal - Cairns Wine Awards 2010 Bronze medals - Winewise Small Vignerons Awards 2009 . Ballarat Wine Show 2010
One of those serendipitous mistakes, this was a barrel of merlot destined for fortification; only somehow it got lost in the shed (it is a very big shed, after all) for a few years. During this time it picked up a flor yeast and fermented itself to complete dryness, resulting in nutty, slightly aldehydic flavours more typical of a sherry. Served chilled as an aperitif.
Riverland Wine Region - 17.9% alcohol
Sticky Stuff – Port
A young, Merlot based single vintage, still dark red, warm and chocolatey in the glass. A sweeter style that will develop in the bottle for 20 years or more, although we wager none will last that long.
Riverland region, 18% alcohol
Sticky Stuff – Muscat
What can we say about this one? Our most infamously delicious potion, one so fiendishly seductive… her siren song draws customers from as far away as Queensland, and Mars. Felix, our much lauded cellar door host, has been known to drink up to 14 bottles a day, so best to come early while there’s still some left for you.
Rutherglen region, 18% alcohol