This new project from Victoria's Macedon Ranges is so breathtaking in its conception and execution, just reading of the time and effort that goes into making these wines leaves you exhausted. Wine buyer Robert Walters describes Place of Changing Winds as the culmination of his three-decades journey in the wine trade. Situated at 500 metres of altitude between Mt Macedon and Mt Bullengarook in a site historically known to the Wurundjeri as Warekilla, or 'place of changing winds' is now a 3-hectare organically certified vineyard planted to mind-boggling densities and generating astonishingly low yields. Your typical vineyard has 1,500 to 3,000 vines per hectare, and this has 12,000 to 33,000; your typical Australian yield is 2-3kg per plant, and this offers up fewer than 200g.
This whole-bunch fermented Syrah offers a balanced perfumed wine with a real finesse. It balances ripe red fruit with and peppery spice to create an engaging wine. But don't just take our word for it:
"There’s an amazing elegance to the palate, which is soft and smooth, without being jammy. It’s a ripe, luxurious wine showing great promise, with a hint of meat and pepper savouriness alongside the ripe fruit. There’s a sleek ripe side to the wine but also some good definition and focus. Very fine, doing a really difficult job of balancing ripeness and freshness really well.” 94 points, Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak