Hunter Valley - New South Wales

Proprietor: Ross and Derice McDonald
Year of Establishment: 1996
Size of Estate: 15 Hectares
Av. bottles/annum: 50,000

Website: www.macquariedale.com.au

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Established in 1996 and fully Certified Biodynamic in 2005, our vineyard is 15 hectares, with a small sustainable winery (off the electricity grid) on site.

 

The vineyard's soil is red loam over limestone, producing a range of red and white wines in total harmony with our climate.

 

Our wines are produced using wild yeast where possible, and minimum sulphur levels. Minimal intervention in the winery produces beautifully balanced complex wines which have a great appeal to the discerning consumer. 


 

VINES

Macquariedale

Size
15 Hectares
% of your production
100%
Owned
Harvested by hand
Irrigated
Soil/s
Redloam/red clay/shale/limestone
Varieties planted
Chardonnay, Verdelho, Semillon, Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir
Training system
Vertical shoot positioning
Fertilizer
Biodynamic preparations, manure, green manure (cover crop of legumes), mulch and some lime.
Pest control
Minimal copper and minimal sulphur
Weed control
Minimal mechanical weeding
When was it converted to natural farming
2001, certified Biodynamic in 2005

 

 
 

Wines

Martys verdelho

2015
Variety
Verdelho
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Macquariedale
Days of skin contact
2 days
Filtered
Yes. Micron
Fined
No
Elevage
Kept in stainless steel for 5 months
Selected Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
60ppm

NBG Preservative Free

2015
Variety
Shiraz
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Macquariedale
Days of skin contact
21 days
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
Kept in stainless steel for 5 months
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
Zero

Thomas Shiraz

2014
Variety
Shiraz
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Macquariedale
Days of skin contact
21 days
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
12 months in barrel
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
40ppm

Matthew Merlot

2014
Variety
Merlot
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Macquariedale
Days of skin contact
14 days
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
9 months in barrel
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
35ppm