09 Jun WINEMAKERS – Macedon
The Macedon Ranges is a sprawling region that covers a significant amount of central Victoria, including charming townships such as Trentham and Kyneton. What makes wines from this region interesting and unique is the variation in altitudes and environments, which give rise to a wide range of styles and interpretations.
There are around 64 wineries operating in the region, although not all are open to the public for tasting. The best performing varieties in the Macedon Ranges include chardonnay, pinot noir, shiraz and riesling. Here at Edwin we’re lucky to be pouring wines from three of the best producers the Macedon Ranges has to offer: Curly Flat, Silent Way Wines and Athletes of Wine.
Curly Flat https://www.curlyflat.com
The cool climate of the Macedon Ranges produces fruit of high natural acidity and intense, yet elegant structures. As a result, there is little need to meddle with what the vineyard delivers.
Curly Flat’s sustainable agricultural model of farming practices led to the cessation of herbicides in 2006, and has seen a marked improvement in the soil micro fauna. The resulting increase in organic matter bodes extremely well for the future of the brand. Since 2002, all fruit processing and winemaking – including bottling – occurs on site.
The Curly Flat team have interesting and diverse backgrounds, along with the intricate knowledge they have acquired over many vintages in the vineyard and the winery. The first cab off the rank for Edwin’s Wine Club, we’re really looking forward to meeting the makers of Curly Flat and having a conversation about how good wine is produced, and why the Macedon Rangers is suited to the production of high-quality wine.
Silent Way Wines https://www.silentway.com.au
Silent way is a plot of earth 550 meters above sea level in the Macedon Ranges, Victoria. Wines are produced in small quantities, expressing the soils they are grown in and are styles truly loved by the winemakers. Named after the Miles Davis album, In a Silent Way, the record is regarded as one of the most inventive recordings of all time. This originality is echoed in the wines produced by Silent Way. Inspired by Miles Davis, who said, ‘Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself’, the team believes if you put in the work and you’re on top of your game, you can make magic happen.
The Silent Way team will be joining us at Edwin to explore this concept further – and to give you a taste of their stellar chardonnay, among others. Be sure to sign up for Edwin’s Wine Club to be notified of Wine Club dates.
Athletes of Wine https://www.athletesofwine.com.au
Melbourne sommeliers Matt Brooke and Liam O’Brien, jumped at the opportunity to tend and nurture a plot of vines in the Macedon Ranges when the opportunity came up in 2007. Creating wines that speak of time and place – the season and the site, the vintage and the vineyard – rather than winemaking technique, the team believes that great wines start with grapes grown with huge attention to detail in the vineyard, that are then treated with the same notions of respect, skill and restraint in the winery. Managing the vineyard in line with organic principles, with all other fruit grown with the absolute minimum of chemical inputs (water, herbicide and fungicide), the Athletes of Wine take a minimal approach to the process of winemaking. Matt and Liam want to highlight the idiosyncrasies and individuality that great cool climate vineyards can produce, and the results really do speak for themselves.
The Athletes of Wine team will be joining us at Edwin to discuss their approach to winemaking, and to give you a taste of their range. Make sure you’re signed up to our Wine Club for more information. You can sign up HERE