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Winery: Joshua Cooper
Region: Macedon Ranges - Victoria
Winemaker: Joshua Cooper
Varietal(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Josh Cooper is setting a cracking pace for the next generation of Victorian winemakers. The lad's got a deft touch with Pinot Noir, using bunches and neutral oak to allow the unique characteristics of each vineyard he works with to shine.
The Ray-Monde vineyard was planted in 1988 in Macedon Ranges. Josh has been working with this fruit for a little while now, helping make the wines for the family that owns it as well as making a small amount of Pinot Noir for himself. It's a lithe, beautiful Pinot Noir full of life and energy, one of his finest red wines to date, no doubt about it.
"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." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)