Big Shed Wines
Flynn & Williams
Gisborne Peak Winery
Knight Granite Hills
Kyneton Ridge Estate
O'Shea & Murphy
Zig Zag Road
The Macedon Ranges
The Macedon Ranges wine region consists of a large area of elevated plains and mountain ranges contiguous with the dominant land form of Mount Macedon. The region comprises part of the Great Dividing Range and Central Victorian Highlands.
The Great Dividing Range forms a natural watershed dividing the region into two distinct but related areas.
The similarities that exist between these two areas are:
The Southern parts around Lancefield, Gisborne and Romsey produce table wines from early ripening varieties such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. They are known for producing high quality base wine for producing sparkling wines.
The Northern area comprising Kyneton, Metcalfe, Taradale, Malmsbury, Springhill, Glenlyon, Daylesford and Yandoit, represents a near perfect "cool climate" in which to produce the highest quality table wines being in the range 1200 to 1300 degree days. Physiological as well as sugar ripeness is reached in Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Shiraz.
In the Northern parts many award winning table wines have been produced by Knight Granite Hills, O'Shea and Murphy, Zig Zag Road, Tarrangower Estate, Candlebark Hill and Ellender Estate. A distinctive regional Chardonnay produced by hyper-oxidation of must is made at Tarrangower Estate, Hawksmoor and Blackgum Estate.
The Northern area consists largely of small to medium sized family owned vineyards producing "agricultural wines" made from the heart. These wines are naturally made with minimal intervention from the wine maker.
The key phenological dates in the region are substantially similar. The characteristic of climate which is present throughout the region is cool autumns, particularly the months of April and May, which allows for steady, though at times "precarious" ripening of fruit.
Elevation is also a feature of this region with vineyards generally being located between 400 and 600m. The bulk are around 500-550m.
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