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A brief newsletter from McIvor Estate.

Here is just some information about the new happenings at McIvor Estate:

  • Jancis likes McIvor Estate. A lot: She was in the Heathcote region in February this year, and thought that the recent past vintages of Shiraz and Merlot Cabernet were two of the standout wines in the Heathcote region.
  • Design gurus dig the new look: McIvor had a makeover last year, and they’ve been featured on a goodly amount of design-focused blogs as they like our new style.
  • Like any good makeover, McIvor feel much better about life: Trade and consumers have responded to their new image direction, resulting in increased sales and interest in what they do. People certainly do judge a book by its cover (but we all know it still needs to be a good read).
  • McIvor Estate are happily indulging our inner gastronome: releasing our 2009 vintage estate-grown olive oil and hosting sell-out lunches and intimate cooking classes at their cellar door.
  • McIvor Estate’s 2009 wine releases are about to hit the market: all the details are below.

McIvor Estate Marsanne Roussanne 2009 – RRP $25.00

A blend of 85 % marsanne, and 15% roussanne, harvest was completed in March and hand picked in a single parcel. The grapes were airbag pressed, cold-stabilised and then barrel fermented in 40% new and 60% old French oak. After fermentation the wine rested on lees in barrel for around six months before bottling, when it went through a sterile filter. On the eye it’s a bright but pale straw colour with a hint of green. The palate is rich and generous, full of flavour, warm and persistent. The subtle oak treatment is well integrated. It has a clean, balanced finish for such an exotic full-bodied style of wine. And is super-good with food. Alcohol: 13%.

McIvor Estate Sangiovese 2007 – RRP $25.00

Harvest was completed in April and was hand picked in a single parcel. The grapes were open tank fermented then airbag pressed. The wine was then left to age in old French barriques for 15 months, during which time it underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine was racked prior to bottling. Medium dark red / purple in colour it has a juicy aromatic intensity with dark fruit cake and plum pudding spice and bright cherries with hints of savoury dried herbs. It has a medium weight palate with ripe chewy tannins; a bright acidity and concentrated fruit provides some attractive palate persistence. Alcohol: 13.5%.

McIvor Estate Cabernet Merlot 2006 – RRP $25.00

A blend of 60% cabernet sauvignon and 40% merlot. Harvest was completed in April and both varietals were hand picked. The grapes were open tank fermented separately, then airbag pressed. The wine was then blended and left to age in 20% new and 80% old French and American oak for 18 months. The wine was racked prior to bottling. Minimal filtration was used. Dark garnet and plum in colour, the nose is true to varietals from a warmer region, with notes of mocha, plums, dark cherries and mulberries, with a hint of rosemary herbaecousness adding interest. It’s velvety, ripe fruit glides across the tongue, tempered by firmish, fine dusty tannins and a bright acidity that adds crunch and texture. It has flavours of chocolate, damson plums and dark berries and shows an elegant fruit weight and a long finish. Alcohol: 14.5%.

McIvor Estate Shiraz 2006 – RRP $35.00

The regional varietal rockstar and our flagship wine. Hand picking finished up in April. The grapes were open tank fermented, then airbag pressed. The wine was left to age in 20% new and 80% old French and American oak for 18 months. The wine was racked prior to bottling and minimal filtration was used. It is dark plum in colour and is spicy, minerally and very perfumed, with blackberries, blueberries and inky notes. Silky, ripe, brambly fruits are supported by firm, fine tannins with hints of French oak. More in the Cote Rotie, Northern Rhone vein than a brutish Aussie shiraz, it shows an elegant minerality and good acid structure. The wine will benefit from decanting and being served at a cool room temperature. Whilst just a baby at the moment with the appropriate amount of cellaring to integrate and soften it will be a really delicious drink in three to five years time. Alcohol: 14.5%.

McIvor Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil [500ML] – RRP $20.00

With a blend of two Italian varieties, Correggiolo and Frantoio, this oil is quite robust and has lovely green flavours and fruity aromatics. Perfect to drizzle on a caprese salad or to toss through a pasta with simple flavours.

Wines distributed nationally by Prime Wines – T: 1300 720 006.

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