Midhill Vineyard...rated 4 stars by James Halliday.
2013 has been a “trophy and medals year” for Midhill.
At the Daylesford Wine Show, our 2009 Sparkling Macedon Blanc de Blancs won a gold medal and trophy for “Best sparkling wine”.
At the Kyneton Wine Show, the 2012 Midhill - Romsey Creek Chardonnay won the award for the “Best White Wine in Show” and the Gordon Knight Trophy for the “Best Wine in Show”.
Our other current releases: 2013 Gewurztraminer (just bottled) and the 2010 Pinot noir both won bronze medals.
This vintage has started well with an early budburst about the 10 September and timely Spring rains. We have been in luck so far, avoiding the frost damage that has hit other vineyards in this and other regions. Perhaps our sprays of molasses have helped. Danger of frost for us abates after about 10 November. The molasses helps protect the leaves from freezing.
Midhill Vineyard is located 2km west of Romsey in the Macedon Ranges, central Victoria, just a 1 hour drive from Melbourne’s CBD.
Hew and Di Richards first planted grapes at Midhill in 1993. The vines are now well established and annual production is about 3 tons/acre. The aim is to produce quality grapes through careful viticulture so providing winemakers with the best posible fruit.
The vineyard on volcanic soil overlooks the pretty valley of 5 Mile Creek, (original name "Romsey Creek") and faces North towards Ochiltrees Hill. The valley below assists the cold air drainage and reduces frost risk.
The cold climate and elevation of our site is conducive to slow ripening fruit. Cold nights in Autumn help to retain good natural acidity. Harvest time is well into late March for sparkling base and early April for table wine. Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and Pinot noir ripen well.
The Midhill farm also is home to a herd of Angus cattle which calve in Autumn and are grass fed only. In Autumn they graze in the vineyard to control weeds. Sheep are put into the vineyard in Winter.
Our entry into the wine making world has been accompanied by a few lucky events. One of our neighbours, and pioneer winemaker/vignerons of the district advised us to plant Chardonnay first. Chardonnay is a multi-purpose grape variety which can be used to make a range of table wine styles and is a major ingredient in sparkling wine.
Initially we set out to only grow wine grapes to sell, but we were encouraged to make wine for our own label and sought out some wine makers of the region to make it for us. We had made a Sparkling Chardonnay “Blanc de Blancs” (white of whites) under contract. Our MACEDON Blanc de Blancs is a, dry, citrus style which develops creamy yeast overtones after at least 3 - 4 years on lees. The Chardonnay table wine is a lightly wooded, fruit driven style with excellent varietal flavours and full mouth feel.
Another happy turn of events was the discovery that some of our vines in the first planting were not Chardonnay. Instead of green, the grapes were pink/brown and very popular with the pickers, and the birds. The fruit ripened a little earlier and so was picked separately. It was identified as Gewurztraminer. “Gewurz” is a German word for “spicy”. Traminer possibly originated in Northern Italy and is a variety grown best in colder areas (notably in Alto Adige in Italy and Alsace France). Research tells us that variety gave the best flavour and aromas when grown in cold areas on well drained, acidic soils of volcanic origin. Our vineyard site is just that. We currently have approximately ½ acre of Gewürztraminer planted.
We are finding there are many Gewürztraminer lovers among the wine drinking population. The Midhill Gewurztraminer has a classic Turkish delight palate and musk, floral spice rose petal aromas. It is fermented dry and has a lively crisp acidity. The recent vintages of 2010, 2012 and 2013 have produced excellent wines.
Our third variety at Midhill is Pinot Noir (clone MV6). These vines are now +14 years old and the wine produced is a well structured table wine with good varietal flavour. Vintages 2007, 2008 and 2010 have consistently won Bronze medals at the Macedon Ranges Wine Exhibition. Our current release 2010 Pinot Noir has now some bottle age and is developing into a soft, savoury, fruit driven wine with a nice balanced acidity.
"BUDBURST", the Macedon Ranges Wine & Food festival is to be held on on 15 & 16 Nov. 2014
Midhill will be among +20 wineries opening their cellar doors over that weekend.
Come and relax a while in our shady, scenic cellar door overlooking the green valley of the
5 Mile Creek (Romsey Creek).
For tasting and sale we will have our:
2009 MACEDON Sparkling Blanc de Blancs (4 years on lees)
2013 Gewurztraminer (dry and aromatic)
2012 Chardonnay and new release 2013 vintage
2010 Pinot noir.
A light lunch will be available.
Please take a look at the Budburst Website by clicking on the link below.
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your website looks great! Heather and I must find the time one of these days to come up and visit you guys, and to taste some of your fine wines whilst we catch up on all our news. I am still working, but looking forward to slowing down later next year, if not before! cheers for now, Gary Smith
Looking forward to many more visits.
Annabel and Roger
Your websit looks great. You know with something like this you'll be busier than ever!
Ronda and David Collins