2019 Passing Clouds 'Estate' Macedon Chardonnay
Graeme and Sue Leith planted their Bendigo property in 1974, with Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon. They started out making a hearty Shiraz / Cabernet blend, which they still produce to this day, under the Graeme’s blend.
After years of drought, they looked to Macedon and a cooler site to grow Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. In 2010 their fruit was ready. By this time Cameron, second generation Leith winemaker had taken over the reins.
Today Cameron makes hearty Bendigo reds and delicate Macedon Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Riesling.
The fruit for this wine is off their Musk Estate vineyard, with a top elevation of 742m above sea level. The wine is lively, delicate and Burgundian in style. It has a slight phenolic hit, from a little skin contact.
Here is a review from The Wine Front.
50% new French oak but you’d never know. The smartest of smart rich fruit with mineral veins. Expertly hung together. In the winery’s view the best white wine they have made (so far!). For me the standout Chardonnay I have tried of the past 2 years and, probably, the best Macedon Ranges wine I have very tasted!