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Mt. Alexander Winery

410 Harcourt Rd, Sutton Grange, 3448

Cellar Door: Weekends/public hols (11-5)

Ph: (03) 5474 2567 or 0413 181 248

The Blamires family winery is located on the sandy granitic soils of the north-eastern slopes of Mount Alexander. Bill Blamires makes the wine, while Sandra Blamires is charge of the viticulture.

The fruit is hand-pruned, hand picked and hand-plunged in the fermentation vats to maximise varietal expression.

The winery has its own bottling line. The wines include: Shiraz, a Shiraz Cabernet blend, Chardonnay, a Pinot-derived Rose and the sweet Madam Butterfly Lambrusco.

Mount Alexander stall at Melbourne's Federation Square Regional Showcase
Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Mount Alexander Malbec 2015

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2021

(GXY) Tasting: April 2017, juicy and medium bodied showing supple boysenberry and blueberry with bright violet florals and peppery spices, fine open knit tannins and good length with a dab of dark chocolate on the finish (***1/2)

Mount Alexander Shiraz 2013

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: April 2017, bright, juicy and aromatic black cherry and blackberry with lots of pepper and a hint of eucalyptus and anise in there as well, glossy and medium bodied with fine tannins and restrained oak, fresh style you would take to a BBQ (***)

Mount Alexander Mourvedre 2013

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: April 2015, †debut release, aromatic and medium bodied take on the variety, ripe raspberry, mulberry and plum with white pepper notes, there is some earthy rhubarb undertones but the back end is rather dominated by the sweet vanilla/coconut oak, the overall impression is rather confectionary (***)

Mount Alexander Merlot 2012

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: May 2014, juicy and spicy cherry and sweet blackcurrant with violet and olive notes, medium bodied with balanced cedar/cinnamon oak, choc-mint finish with fine tannins (***1/2)

Mount Alexander Chardonnay 2010

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2012, full 100% malo, creamy and rich style showing honeydew melon, peach and lemon with a hint of butterscotch, rounded and buttery palate with crisp, minerally citric acidity cutting through, toasty hazelnut-caramel-vanilla French oak (***1/2)

Mount Alexander Pinot Noir 2009

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2012, firm and minty black cherry and plum with some dried herb complexity and earthy barnyard notes, medium bodied with fine tannins and spicy vanilla/cedar oak (***)

Mount Alexander Chardonnay 2009

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: April 2010, rather creamy melon and green apple with hazelnut and honeysuckle notes, the savoury palate has undegone 100% malo and plenty of lees inputs, the oak also brings some caramel notes, fresh lemon acidity (***1/2)

Mount Alexander Chardonnay 2008

Purchased: Not ($17)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2009, 100% malo, creamy melon, apple and pear with butterscotch and honeysuckle notes, the mid-palate is more savoury, hazel-nut and caramel nuances to the seamlessly handled oak, fresh stonefruit acidity (***1/2)

Mount Alexander Shiraz 2007

Purchased: Not ($17)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2009, ripe blackberry and plum with cinnamon and pepper, medium-full bodied palate is a bit more forward than the 2006, lots of creamy chocolate/cedar American oak, soft tannins (***)

Mount Alexander Wellington Flat Reserve Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2009, literally a late harvest Shiraz left to hang until the end of May, this is a high octane style with very ripe plum and prune with bitumen, petrol and liquorice notes, creamy mocha-coconut oak, rather spirity finish, this isnít my style of Shiraz but it appeals to some (***)

Mt. Alexander Chardonnay 2007

Purchased: Not ($17)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting, Oct 2008, white burgundy style, 100% malo with plenty of lees contact, creamy melon and granny smith apple, slightly muted by the malo, hazelnut and honeysuckle aspects to the mid-palate but the overall impression is quite dry and textured, seamless oak integration with refreshing stonefruit acidity on the finish, a class act from a region not known for its whites (****)

Mt. Alexander Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Not ($17)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting, Oct 2008, Bronze Medal at Australian Small Wine Makers Show, very perfumed nose, spicy blackberry and dark plum, medium-full bodied and minerally with creamy coffee-chocolate oak, fine tannins and the extremely persistent finish goes on and on, good value (***1/2)

Mt. Alexander Cabernet Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Not ($17)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting, Oct 2008, Bronze Medal at Australian Small Wine Makers Show, a 50:50 blend, fairly brightly fruited showing blackberry and dark plum with some raspberry nuances, medium-full bodied, peppery and finishes rather sweet with the assertive American oak brining coconut and chocolate features, fine tannins with the Cabernet adding some structure (***1/2)