Glen Hope 2022 Malbec Macedon Ranges
The Parish of Glen Hope in the Macedon Ranges was where the Latta family FIRST SETTLED IN AUSTRALIA AFTER EMIGRATING FROM Taughboyne, IRELAND IN 1865. they farmed there for over 130 years, initially cattle then progressing to sheep (specialising in fine wool merinos). It has been a fascinating experience to produce wine from the area of Glen Hope once farmed by our forbears (Glenhope vineyard lies 6km from the original Latta farm).
The vineyard was established by Virgin Hills in 1995/1996, sitting at 460m altitude on decomposed granite soils, a really interesting site now with a very bright future under the guidance of viticulturist Scott Harrington. The new owners the Gevergizan’s are planning on adding more Chardonnay & Pinot Noir which is very exciting for the Macedon Ranges (Also the Glenhope Vineyard is the largest acreage of vines in the Macedon Ranges). Good things happening here.
Very simple winemaking, 100% destemmed berries tipped straight into 4000L open concrete fermenters (wax lined), pump overs twice a day, pressed after 8 days, 6 months élevage in various sized casks. racked & bottled with minimum sulphur. Malbec naturally has no shortage of colour & flavour, I really wanted to produce a fresh vibrant wine that could still stand up with its peers, as a first crack at this variety I think its come to the party.
Ned Goodwin - James Suckling Rated : 92 Points
Another delicious wine from this edgy and exciting stable. This is Australia living on the edge, in the very best sense! Malbec that tastes like purple pastille, violet, a slick of anise and strewn garden herb, pithy and emphatic across the finish more akin to a modern, pulpy, mid-weighted Cahors than anything of a more powerful Argentine idiom. For the better. Drink now. Delicious.