Mount Macleod, Gippsland

Mount Macleod is a family-owned Gippsland Estate who have developed a reputation for delivering some of the best value Pinot Noir and Chardonnay you're ever likely to come across. Based in the Leongatha region, all vineyards are managed organically, with sustainable, low environmental impact and the forefront of everything they do.

The kind of green credentials practiced at Mount Macleod deserve to be applauded. Winegrower-ecologist Mark Matthews has recently passed his 10th year of organic certification, and has instigated a weed management program using a combination of fire-stick and hard labour. As part of a widespread replanting program for both ecological and carbon-offset purposes, he has planted the 14,000th tree on the property, and since 2012 he has been slowly establishing native grasses between blocks. 

Matthews’ attention to detail also runs through his packaging program which includes specially imported, post-consumer recycled paper for his labels (printers do not offer this product in Australia), recycled, unbleached paper for his cartons and the most sustainable glass he can find; bottles that are lighter and therefore have a lower carbon footprint. 

Matthews grows lovely, organic fruit and his paired back (yet highly skilled) winemaking regime, which includes wild ferments and only neutral oak is designed to deliver this modest message to bottle with as much honesty as possible.

While they may not grab the headlines of some of the more well-know producers, Mount Macleod consistently deliver some of the most impressive local examples of the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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