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Caledonia Australis source their grapes from vines grown in the well known terroir of Leongatha in Gippsland. Without irrigation and with closely planted vines, the plants extend their roots deep beneath the soil. The vineyards are based on iron stone soils on free draining, North Eastern facing slopes. Mark Matthews crafts beautifully balanced and intriguingly complex wines from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Not surprisingly, he has been described as one of the top cool climate winemakers in Australia.
The Caledonia Australis Pinot Noir is an excellent Pinot Noir from Gippsland, offering a complex bouquet of warm strawberries, sour red cherry and forest floor. Orange rind, mushrooms and cloves are also evident. The mouthfeel is rich and broad, enhanced by a supple tannin structure. Flavours of ripe red cherry and woody spice are evident on the after palate, balanced by a bright acidity.
Caledonia Australis Pinot Noir is an ideal match to generous meat dishes such as Shepherd’s Pie or Beef Bourguignon.