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Mayford

Located high in the Alpine Valleys in a tiny town named Porepunkah (a few kilometers north of Bright), this vineyard was established in the mid 1990s by Eleana Anderson (who is the winemaker) and Bryan Nicholson.  It's a dry-grown, frost-free and (very) cool-climate setting for what may be Australia's greatest 'unknown' vineyard and winery.

Miniscule quantities of Shiraz, Chardonnay and Tempranillo are produced from immaculately-maintained vines.  Initial plantings of Shiraz in 1995 and 1998 were followed in 2002 with Chardonnay and Tempranillo.    The winemaking philospohy is fairly simple - everything is hand-picked in small quantities over several weeks, allowing fully-ripened fruit to be utilised.  Natural yeasts and barrel-fermentation for the Chardonnay, small open fermenters for the reds with malolactic fermentation occuring in barrel.  The wines have a small egg-white fining prior to bottling.  In all, the wines allow the site and varieties to express themselves, with the hand of the winemaker designed to be invisible.

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