2021 Macedon Ranges Joshua Cooper

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin Australia, Victoria
District Romsey
Sub-district Macedon Ranges
ABV 13.5%

Higher toned, more aromatic, more serious that the Ray Monde, possibly needing more time, more of a food wine - better but not quite as matey at the moment. Drinking range: 2023 - 2032 L&S (Aug 2023)

*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles of wine (or 9 litre equivalent) or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified (4.5 litres) to get the discounted 'case price' for each bottle.

There is energy and vitality in these Cooper Pinots. They're hopping with it. This 2021 Doug's Vineyard Pinot Noir is earthy and dusty (coal dust) and black, with a core of juicy, supple, exotic, almost sleek fruit wedged into the folds of tannin in the mouth. It's evocative and bloody, with an undertow of savory leaf (saltbush and tobacco) beneath it all. The flow and life here is a breath of fresh and eloquent air. Drinking range: 2022 - 2032 Rating: 94 Erin Larkin, (Oct 2022)

Fragrant nose of kaffir lime leaves, cranberries, sour cherries and cardamom. Wild and spicy with bright acidity and fine, tight tannins. I like the energy and intensity. Drink or hold. Drinking range: 2022 - Rating: 93 Nick Stock, (Oct 2022)

Viticulture: Lutte raisonee/sustainable. Doug’s Vineyard is situated on the outskirts of the township of Romsey, in the Macedon Ranges. Owned by the Newnham family it was planted 20 years ago to predominantly MV6 and smaller amounts of 114 and 115 clone pinot noir.

A cool hamlet, the vines sit at around 500m altitude, atop a North and North East facing hillside on red rocky volcanic basalt soil, moderating vigour and providing amazing intensity to the fruit, ripening small, beautifully formed clusters at low sugar levels.

Once hand harvested in the cool of morning, with careful sorting in the vineyard, 100% was transferred as whole cluster to open fermenters. The must was then allowed to soak 4-5 days at its cool ambient temperature until fermentation commenced. There after the grapes were gently extracted by a combination of pumping over and pigeage by foot.

The wine then pressed after a total of three weeks on skins and transferred to two new (Laurent “Magic Cask” thick stave, blonde toast) seven young (2-4yo Laurent “Magic Cask”) and ten old (6-10yo) oak Burgundian piece for lees ageing for 12 months, followed by four months in stainless steel on fine lees. Before racking and bottling, unfined and unfiltered. The only addition to the wine is a small dose of sulphur.

Deep, dark ruby. Classical and very typical of Doug’s Vineyard, but deeper and more concentrated and brooding than previous releases. Sombre and deep, with black raspberry and maraschino cherry depth complexed by the typical exotic spice of Doug’s Vineyard. Structured by abundant silky tannin and fresh acidity. One of the most powerful vintages of this wine to day, though also one most well defined, owing to the cool, late season. As a young wine it will greatly reward time in the glass or decanter.

Winemaker's notes (Jan 2022)

Joshua Cooper

Josh Cooper was brought up on the Cobaw Ridge wine estate in the Macedon ranges, a cool spot north of Melbourne. However as a winemaker, Josh is 'ploughing his own furrow' (as Huon Hooke put it).

After extensive travel and experience at vineyards as far afield as Domaine JJ Confuron and Chablis, but also closer to home with Yabby Lake and Hanging Rock, Josh started in 2012 by specialising in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the Macedon ranges and nearby areas. He has now been led by his admiration of some of the great old 'claret' styles of the 70s and 80s he has tasted, to try his hand at Cabernet as well, including buying fruit from the oldest block (planted in 1970) at Balgownie Vineyards in Bendigo.

A low-intervention winemaker sourcing fruit from organic or biodynamic vineyards where possible, Josh uses SO2 but nothing else, to make whites which are pure and racy (one year in barrel with no lees-stirring), but with enough flesh to be gourmand too. The reds are concentrated, aromatically precise and true to their origins, while remaining beautifully balanced and harmonious, drinkable from the off, but with the Cabernets being capable of long aging like the old wines he so admires.

Joshua Cooper | Mixed Case

Try Josh’s whole range: a selection of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon grown on carefully-selected plots between central Victoria and Macedon Ranges. While this is a selection of six bottles, we have applied our 12-bottle case discount to the price – an offer not to be missed.

‘His knowledge and respect for what makes quality wine runs deep. There’s an authenticity to his wines, a command, and a life. He is a great Best New Winery winner.’

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