Chanters Ridge is a boutique, family owned and operated vineyard established in 1996 in the Macedon Ranges Wine Region, 45 minutes drive north from Melbourne.
From this cool climate vineyard Glenys and Barry Elliott produce premium Pinot Noir, both still and sparkling and their sparkling Macedon white.
Grapes are picked by hand in late April to early May. With their wine maker John Ellis at Hanging Rock, they strive to achieve varietal characteristics of nose and palate using open vat whole bunch fermentation, the maturation in 30 per cent new French and older oak barrels.
Their newer planting, "Back Paddock" are two years younger than the original vines. Chanters Ridge "Back Paddock" Pinot Noir 2003 won a gold medal and the trophy for Best Pinot Noir at the Macedon Ranges Wine Exhibition 2005.
The 2003 Pinot Noir a silver in both 2005 and 2006 and the 2004 "Back Paddock" a silver at the 2006 Macedon Ranges Wine Exhibition with James Halliday being the senior judge.
Their 2005 wines are showing great promise having recently been bottled, but will not be released for about 18 months. The views of the surrounding countryside from the vineyard are fantastic and the one hectare garden worth a wander through particularly in spring and early summer.Visit Website
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