The exquisitely talented Joshua Cooper, Macedon Ranges, Victoria
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Joshua was truly destined to make wine as he was born and raised at Cobaw Ridge winery, founded by his parents Alan and Nelly Cooper. Josh, although young, is well on his way to establishing himself as a leader amongst the next generation of Australian winemakers.
Joshua’s parents’ biodynamic philosophy has clearly found favour with his own wines - creating natural wine with classic characteristics being the fundamental hallmark. His first vintage was in 2012, with a single barrel of wine made from fruit his parents grew in the Cobaw Ridge vineyard. His label has since expanded to a more varied range, including historic styles as well as the more experimental and esoteric.
Currently, Josh sources his fruit locally (from great sites in the Heathcote and Macedon Ranges regions) and only from growers who are sensitive to environmentally sustainable practices. Josh works tirelessly and to make enough money to buy the fruit for his wines, he currently works around the Macedon Ranges. Thanks to Mum & Dad, he can produce his own wine at their winery… Having spent his life watching his parents drive organic and biodynamic grape growing in Australia, he has a clear idea of how he wants his own label to grow. Fruit quality and provenance being an overriding imperative. Josh has ambitions in the coming years to transition to his own vineyard supplementing the current fruit with what he has grown himself, which is an exciting proposition.
We love his unaltered wines that do not conform to some pre-existing, established ideal. The wines express the season in which they are grown and offer true ‘terroir’. Alcohol levels are modest, and the wines scream a skilfulness and individuality which is impossible not to be impressed by…
Old Port Righ Chardonnay 2018
97-98 Points Stuart McCloskey “Fascinating notes which flit from confit lemon, poached ripe pear, apple, crushed rocks to pastry cream and almond croissant. The palate is tightly coiled, tense and comes alive with yuzu, lemon & lime – a bright streak of acidity runs through the core. This is a wonderful example of a wine which is all about purity and precision rather than leanness which we are seeing far too often. This will shatter the perception of Aussie Chardonnay and will leave no room for argument about its stunning quality. Today, a wine for those seeking unforgettable purity. Epic and will remain so for at least a decade… Ensure you do not serve too cold and decant for 20/30 minutes… Served using Zalto’s Bordeaux glassware, an essential to appreciate great Chardonnay.”
£34.50 per bottle
Cope-Williams Chardonnay 2018
96+/98 Points - Stuart McCloskey “An electric bouquet of lemon oil, intense citrus, liquid minerals, chalk and faint wafts of nougat. The palate is an intense experience as it fights between grace, citrus power and an impressive line of acidity. Thrilling, tense, nervy and must be decanted for 20-30 minutes. I detect a little sherbet, more citrus fruits, sea salt, very saline with flavours fanning out with more time in the glass. This is a direct and precise wine but there’s a charming sense of harmony and poise towards the finish. Fabulous and I am intrigued to see how this develops over the coming years. Perhaps the most fascinating Aussie Chardonnay of 2019?"
Hand harvested in the cool of morning, with careful sorting in the vineyard. The grapes are partially foot crushed followed by a very gentle, slow pressing over five hours. The wine enjoys one year in oak on full lees, no stirring, and no racking, prior to being transferred to stainless steel with all the fine lees for a further 6 months élevage. Bottled unfined and unfiltered with a very small dose of sulphur the week before bottling.
Captains Creek Chardonnay 2018
96 Points - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front "Yes thanks. Fragrant white of lemon juice, vanilla, green apple, floral things and a faint whiff of nougat. Focused and tight in the palate, racy almost but for the drizzle of saline minerality and a pretty, flavoursome finish. Serious feeling in a leaner spectrum but not without flavour and detail. Killer wine – does everything so righteously."
£30.95 per bottle
98+ Points Stuart McCloskey “Unquestionably, a magnificent Australian Syrah and unlike anything I have sampled before, which is saying something. In a nutshell, there isn’t much I can add and the reason why I declare the 2017 The Springs Syrah my Wine of The Year (2019). The nose offers a beguiling mix of olive tapenade, marine salinity / brine, dark red fruits, redcurrant, cranberry, flowers and more akin to a Pinot Noir than Syrah. The palate is focused and washed with redcurrant, cranberry, sweet pomegranate, glimpses of dried blood orange and finishes with the same salinity which is fabulous. The tannins provide a wonderful lattice of support as does the bristling acidity (or is that the tart cranberry and redcurrant?). Certainly, one of the purest and most natural Aussie Syrahs I have ever come across - It’s truly mesmerising. The finish and length go on forever. Exquisite – truly so… Decanted for 2 hours and served using Zalto’s Bordeaux glassware (I'm intrigued to try it in the Burgundy glass).”
Doug's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
Mike Bennie, The Wine Front "Smoky notes, dried green herbs, black berries on brambles, game meat notes. Great start. Savoury sense. Fleshy texture, sweet-ripe but fresh fruit flavours, supple through its long flow then tightens on a web of surprising, grippy-graphite tannins. Serious pinot noir here. Tightly wound. Intense. Long-lived."
£34.50 per bottle