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Mc Ivor Estate

80 Tooboorac Baynton Road, Tooborac, 3522

Cellar Door: Weekends/Pub Hol 10am-5pm (other times by appointment)

Ph: (03) 5433 5266

The vineyard was established in 1997. It is well worth the visit to the cellar door even if only for the spectacular views of the surrounding ranges.

McIvor Estate is located in a gently sloping valley on a property known as 'The Gap'. Gary and Cynthia Harbor's McIvor Estate produces a barrel-fermented Marsanne, a small amount of Rousanne, traditionally made Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot, Sangiovese and Nebbiolo. The premium is a super-Tuscan style Sangiovese Cabernet.

The vineyard is completely netted at veraison to avoid bird damage. The names comes from Major Mitchell's surveyor who first mapped the area in the 1830s. The wines are contract-made.

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)

McIvor Estate Roussanne Viognier Marsanne 2015

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: †2022

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2016, barrel fermented, floral lemon grass, pear and lime with some gingery spices and a touch of honeysuckle, waxy medium-ful bodied palate with crisp citric acidity and chalky phenolics (****)

McIvor Estate Shiraz 2013

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2024

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2016, perfumed blueberry and plumcake with violet and anise notes, leathery and medium bodied palate with a mineral spine, persistent dusty tannins and toasty cedar/clove oak (***1/2)

McIvor Estate Gianischeddu Sangiovese Cabernet 2012

Purchased: Not ($60)

Drink: 2024+

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, super-Tuscan style blend of 83% Sangiovese, 17% Cabernet, succulent morello cherry and redcurrant core with bay leaf and mint notes, earthy and medium bodied palate with a spine of drying, dusty tannins with some spicy cedar/vanilla on the finish (****1/2)

McIvor Estate Marsanne Viognier Roussanne 2013

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, barrel ferment but no malo, viscous blend of 65% Marsanne, 25% Viognier and 10% Roussanne, lemon, lime, cut grass with honey, spice, orange blossom and nutty lees notes, the fresh grapefruit acidity provides the drive (****)

McIvor Estate Nebbiolo 2012

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, silky entry showing cherry and raspberry flavours and leather aspects and some rose petal florals, earthy and light-medium bodied palate with a savoury finish and moderate chalky tannic grip (****)

McIvor Estate Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, perfumed black cherry and mulberry with violet, leather, liquorice and mint notes, minerally and medium bodied with fine tannins, cedar/clove oak (***1/2)

McIvor Estate Sangiovese 2012

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, essency and slightly confectionary cherry, plum cake and raspberry with some spice notes, juicy and medium bodied with the firm acidity providing a counter-point to the sweetness, some cedar/chocolate on the grainy finish (***)

McIvor Estate Marsanne Rousanne 2010

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2011, well made White Rhone style blend of 85% Rousanne and 15% Marsanne, orange blossom nose, viscous, tangy and spicy melon, orange rind and honeysuckle with the light oak treatment bringing some cashew-vanilla nuances, fine phenolics, well balanced and worth cellaring (****)

McIvor Estate Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2018+

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2011, perfumed and fleshy medium bodied style showing raspberry and dark plum with violet, thyme, mint and black pepper notes, supple core of fruit shows the regional minerality and savoury meat complexity, some glycerolly mid-palate plumpness, persistent fine grained tannins, the extra elegance from the mild vintage and restrained 13.7% alcohol are added bonuses, shows the interesting new direction that regional winemakers are moving towards and heading in the opposite direction from the pervasive but outdated international perceptions about the Heathcote as all about high octane reds (****)

McIvor Estate Nebbiolo 2008

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2011, crimson colour, floral, musk and rose petal nose, firm and linear palate shows black cherry and redcurrant with some savoury and mineral complexity, long and medium bodied with brown oak spices, an acid spine and a web of fine chalky tannins, has a more stringent tannic structure than earlier vintages I have tried, a work in progress but is heading in the right direction (****)

McIvor Estate Cabernet Merlot 2008

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2011, Silver Medal at Rutherglen Wine Show 2008, savoury black cherry and blueberry with dried rosemary, pepper and black olive notes, firm and glycerolly medium-full bodied palate with warm brown spices and mocha-chocolate from the US and French oak, persistent dusty tannins (***1/2)

McIvor Estate Sangiovese 2007

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2010, ripe, medium bodied plum and black cherry with the toasty cinnamon giving an overall fruitcake aspect, some savoury and dried herb mid-palate complexity as well, grainy tannins with refreshing acidity and the seasoned French oak bringing spicy cedar and dark chocolate nuances, good example of the riper Australian take on this variety, this definitely isnít a demure Chianti (****)

McIvor Estate Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2008, dense and lush blackberry, mulberry and plum with liquorice and white pepper notes, full bodied without going over the top, handsomely oaked with bitter chocolate and coffee flavours, fine but well structured tannins to last the distance (****)

McIvor Estate Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2008, a 60% Merlot: 40% Cabernet blend, medium-full bodied with tangy mulberry and blackcurrant flavours with some violet and mint aspects, the Cabernet brings textural minerality and the firmish tannic structure, the Merlot brings the mid-palate spiciness, the oak brings some lush coffee-chocolate support to the back end (***1/2)

McIvor Estate Sangiovese 2005

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2008, solid varietal style, medium bodied showing black cherry mulberry and plum flavours with some slightly sour and savoury aspects to hold interest, powdery tannins with soft acids and a bit of coffee oak (***1/2)

McIvor Estate Marsanne Roussanne 2006

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2008, 85% Marsanne in the blend, slightly forward and early developing due to the warm vintage, creamy melon, honeysuckle, stonefruit and almond with barrel ferment textural inputs, crisp lemon acids (***1/2)

McIvor Estate Nebbiolo 2004

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, aromatic nose showing black cherry and prune features, the savoury palate shows pleasant violet and clove notes, unobtrusive French oak, dusty tannins, one of the better Australian attempts at this fickle variety although there is some dead fruit aspects from the very long vintage (not harvested until end of May) they are fairly buried in the successful aspects, will benefit from a decent decanting (***1/2)

McIvor Estate Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, sweet plum, mulberry and raspberry flavours, medium-full bodied with some white pepper, chocolate and lots of anise, a touch jammy, lots of American and French oak features, smooth tannins (***)

McIvor Estate Petit Verdot 2004

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, plum and blackberry with liquorice features, medium bodied and earthy palate with subtle pepper and spice features, underlying sour cherry adds complexity, subtle American and French oak, smooth tannins, just a bit too twee and restrained to really stand out (***)

McIvor Estate Cabernet Merlot 2004

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2007, 55% Cabernet, powerful blackberry and black cherry with violet notes, spicy and medium bodied with black pepper and unusual caramel oak features, light mintiness on finish (***1/2)

McIvor Estate Marsanne Rousanne 2004

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: July 2006, only 17% Rousanne, melon and citrus flavours, slightly green-edged, honeyed mid-palate with soft herbal notes, crisp finish (***)

McIvor Estate Reserve Merlot 2003

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: July 2006, quite ripe and concentrated cassis, oak dominated palate showing cigar box, chocolate and vanilla features on the rather porty fruit, despite the excellent wine craft the drought stress has made the fruit more like a Shiraz than a Merlot (**1/2)