High above the Ovens River, overlooking the sleepy township of Porepunkah, the family-owned Mayford Vineyard lies tucked away from view. The Mayford Vineyard was established with a modest planting of Shiraz in 1995, which was enlarged in 1998. Tempranillo and Chardonnay followed in 2002. Hand picking and small batch winemaking are utilised to create complexity off the small vineyard. There is a preference to let the naturally occurring yeasts dictate the timing and expression of the fermentation process. The reds are worked in small open fermenters and basket pressed before going to oak where natural malolactic fermentation is encouraged. Fining and filtration is kept to a minimum.
Bright, pure, fluffy red fruits, floral, pristine, hint stemmy, lovely. The palate was full and dry with a great mouthfeel and gritty tannins. After the 2013 samples I was surprised this was the Mayford but really happy to see this wine as it was everything I love about Tempranillo.
NOTE This wine is not released until mid October 2013.