Mount Charlie Winery is a small boutique winery situated on the southern side of Mt. Charlie, one of the mountains of the Macedon spur.
It is situated at about 430m on the slope of a small knoll facing north east. This affords it a unique microclimate different from most of the vineyards of the Macedon ranges in that it is protected from the cold southerly and south westerly winds. Budburst and ripening of the grapes is 2-3 weeks prior to that of other vineyards in the region.
The wine is made fully on site with the exception of bottling, which is performed at Hanging Rock Winery. Approximately 6 acres of vines are planted on a 143 acre property which has views towards the Dandenongs and across the plains to Melbourne. Production is about 800 cases.
The vineyard is planted to both red and white grapes.
Chardonnay was first made in 1991. The 2000 chardonnay won the Winery Supplies Trophy for the best chardonnay of the Macedon Ranges and other Chardonnays are always in the Medal Class.
Sauvignon blanc was first made in 1998 and has produced a highly consistent easy drinking wine style. It is more like Loire Valley wines than the herbaceous vegetative sauvignon blancs of New Zealand.
Shiraz-Merlot The vineyard has been planted predominantly to shiraz and merlot with a small amount of cabernet sauvignon which is combined and use to be marketed as Mt. Charlie Red. It has won bronze medals at the Macedon Ranges Exhibition. It is now the Shiraz-Merlot.
MALBEC 2004 was the first year the MALBEC was picked in sufficient quantity to make an individual wine. The wine and subsequent vintages have great depth of colour and intense flavours. Each year between 60 and 75 cases will be made.
TEMPARANILLO The grape variety of Spain particularly the RIOJA region. It grows exceptionally well on my vineyard. The first vintage was made in 2005 and released in 2007.
The vineyard is open most Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays from 11am to 3pm.
Wine is sold by mail order and cellar door. The wine is available at restaurants in the Macedon Ranges Shire. Celebrations at Gisborne, Ian Marks Liquor at Woodend and Toorak Cellars Armadale.