Joshua Cooper Ray-Monde Vineyard Pinot Noir 2020 - Macedon Ranges
Bottle size: 750ml
Bright garnet. The darkest and most approachable of the three 2017 Pinot Noirs, Ray-Monde is filled with the aromas and flavours of black cherry, violet, spice and sweet damp earth. Medium bodied with long, fine, silky tannin it is a very "gourmand" wine. Approachable in youth due to the beautiful balance, the tannic presence and quality suggest it should also age gracefully, gaining additional complexity along the journey. JOSH COOPER
From the regenerative farm of Ray-Monde Vineyard comes pinot noir of Joshua Cooper’s bidding. Ray-Monde always puts me in mind of the Rayman video games, for some reason.
Scents of ripe cherry, brambles and undergrowth, sweet manure, truffle, old campfire and wet bark. Savoury as. Flavours savoury too, tannins gummy and late to come into play, the wine finishes a bit short and with a sappy and sooty, smoked meat finish. Dark cherry, dark plum flavours before that, even a touch of espresso and clove in the mix. A darker, earthier release, a bit disjointed at present, the quiet smoky spice element a niggle. Still, a charming wine of grand savouriness on hand.
Rated : 92+ Points
My wine operation is based around a negociant system, sourcing grapes locally from sensitive growers, with great vineyard sites in the Heathcote and Macedon Ranges regions. This is an exploration of my surroundings through wine, made without artifice, to be a reflection of its place and season. The first vintage was in 2012, with a single barrel of wine made from fruit my parents grew at Cobaw Ridge vineyard. This has since expanded to a more varied range, including historic styles as well as the more experimental and esoteric. As well as working further with my family, my ambition in the coming years is to transition to vineyard establishment. Supplementing the current fruit with what I’ve grown myself.
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