Byrne Gisborne Sunbury Pinot Noir
Current Vintage: 2017
Alex Byrne is a young winemaker with experience in Burgundy, South America and Australia, most recently as a winemaker at Lethbridge in Geelong.
Having made wine under his eponymous Byrne Wines label since 2011 while also working as assistant winemaker at Lethbridge, 2015 saw Alex step out on his own to focus on his myriad of personal winemaking projects. With a focus on single vineyard wines from Ballarat, and now Sunbury in Victoria, Byrne Wines produce elegant and complex Chardonnay and Pinot, which highlight the quality of their origins, and the talents of the winemaker.
The Macedon Ranges is a dark horse of Australian cool climate wine and is home to graceful, elegant pinot noir and chardonnay. The high altitude region is littered with over 40 boutique wineries working on unique terroir in and a landscape populated with volcanic formations.
If Portsea (on the Mornington Peninsula) is where urban dwellers spend their Summer, Macedon Ranges is where they eventually end up in retirement. Golf courses, degustation restaurants and quaint country living within a stones throw of Melbourne CBD, it’s a great places to wind down. If you’re planning to check it out, be sure to stop by Curly Flat, Hanging Rock and Granite Hills.