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Hanging Rock

www.hangingrock.com.au

88 Jim Rd, Newham, 3442

Cellar Door: Daily (10-5)

Ph: (03) 5427 0542

Hanging Rock wines from the Heathcote region (Vic)

Hanging Rock wines from the Strathbogie Ranges region (Vic)

Hanging Rock National Park
The famous Hanging Rock is a couple of km away from the winery (photos: genxywines)

Hanging Rock was established in 1982 and is largest and most commercially ambitious of the Macedon's wineries.

John Ellis has built up a large and eclectic portfolio of wines sourced from the region, around Victoria and also southern NSW. John is also a contract wine-maker for many smaller Victorian vineyards.

He was the dux of his class at Roseworthy College, worked in the Hunter Valley before shifting over to Tisdalls in its late 1970s heyday. He helped establish Tisdall's famous Mt. Helen Vineyard in the Strathbogie Ranges.

From there he left to set up his own operation at Jim Jim near the famous Hanging Rocks (location of the classic Australian 1970s Picnic At Hanging Rock film.)

The Macedon sparklings and the Heathcote Shirazes are the standouts and the Gerwurztraminers are normally worth putting away for a few years.

The most recent premium whites from the 2007 vintage have become super austere (or rather twee and watery if you don' like the style) but I'm not sure if that is a response to the difficult vintage or a long term shift in style.

winery
The Hanging Rock winery in mid-winter
stall
The Hanging Rock stall at Melbourne's Federation Square Regional Showcase is always rather packed
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)

New reviews

Hanging Rock Jim Jim Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Purchased:($30)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2016, whole bunch pressed, fresh but partly barrel fermented (10%) and delicate passionfruit, melon, cut hay and lime, minerally with some vegetal notes and dusty phenolics on the long finish (****)

Hanging Rock Three 2015

Purchased:($30)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2016, debut release of Alsatian-style blend of Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer, crisp with softly textured talciness, lime,peach and rose petals with a streak of musky spice and honeysuckle and a crisp finish (***)  

Hanging Rock Jim Jim Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting:: Dec 2015, partial barrel ferment, delicate lime, nectarine, cut hay and honey dew melon, light mid-palate creaminess with some vibrant citric acid and some fine phenolics on the finish, less vegetal and estery than the 2012 (****)

Hanging Rock Macedon Ranges NV Cuvee XIV

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2015, blend of 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay, 9 years on lees, quite a richly flavoured style showing lemon zest and strawberry with highly developed autolytic brioche development, aromatic and fresh with racy grapefruit and a touch of oyster shell on the finish (****1/2)

Hanging Rock Macedon Ranges Brut Rose NV

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2015, 2 years on lees so is less complex than the Cuvee but has some creaminess to synergise with the delicious and pure strawberry flavours, good acid balance with low dosage and a clean finish (****)

Hanging Rock Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir 2013

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2015, second release, mix of the estate Jim Jim Vineyard with the Portree Vineyard in Lancefield, floral and deep set ripe red cherry and dark plum flavours with lavender and rose petal florals, medium bodied palate is firmish with some sour edges and unfolds some earthy/beetroot complexity on the back end, fine and savoury tannins and clove/cedar oak on the finish (****)

Hanging Rock Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir 2012

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2020+

(GXY) Tasting: June 2013, debut release, floral and aromatic, supple and medium bodied black cherries, plum and blueberry, has some savoury/earthy complexity and tangy orange peel acidity, slightly firmish black-tea tannins that are nicely linear, the spicy vanilla French oak is in the background, this is a serious, brooding, long cellaring Pinot that will be better judged in a few years time (****1/2)

Hanging Rock Jim Jim Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2012, delicate, barrel fermented style but unlike some past vintages hasn’t been totally stripped of flavour, estery and minerally passionfruit, cut grass, brown lime with some tomato leaf and banana essence aspects, refreshing orange rind acidity (***)

Hanging Rock Jim Jim RS 50 Riesling 2010

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2011, the R50 refers to the 50 gms/litre residual sugar, again this is in a low alcohol semi-sweet Alsatian style, floral and lively lime, guava and lemon with musk, brown spice and lavender notes, fine chalky texture with zingy mandarin rind acidity on the steely, dry finish (****)

Hanging Rock Jim Jim Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2010, very small yield, a good core of minerally barrel fermented passionfruit, lychee and brown lime with spice and cut grass aspects, refreshing orange rind acidity (***1/2)

Hanging Rock Jim Jim Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2010, delicate and lightly flavoured lychee, passionfruit and cut grass with a gentle orange rind finish, soft talcy texture with some honeyed sweetness, fairly forward (***)

Hanging Rock Jim Jim Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2010, subdued and barrel fermented style with a minerally core of lychee, cut grass and melon with a touch of spicy asparagus and orange rind acidity, rather lean and austere finish (***)

Hanging Rock Macedon Brut Rose NV

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2009, attractive strawberry colour, stylishly taut and lively showing red cherry, strawberry and autumn leaves, minerally, savoury with a persistent, dry finish, a really satisfying sparkling (****1/2)

Hanging Rock Jim Jim RS 50 Riesling 2008

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2009, semi-sweet Alsatian style showing bright lime and lemon with musk and lavendar, chalky texture, persistent mandarin acidity gives better balance than the 2007, the R50 refers to the ample 50 gms/litre residual sugar (****)

Hanging Rock Odd One Out Petit Noir 2008

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2009, this is a Pinot Rose, quite dry and delicate showing red cherry and strawberry with light spices, crisp mineraly finish (***)

Hanging Rock Macedon NV Cuvee XII

Purchased: Not ($49)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2008, stylish sparkling showing residual stonefruit, white peach and strawberry, complex palate shows wheat and yeast aspects, good length (****)

Hanging Rock Jim Pinot Gris 2007

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2008, quite restrained and musky green apple and pear with light spice and a touch of honeysuckle, dry and watery with some chalky minerality showing on the finish, rather too twee for me (***)

Hanging Rock Jim Jim Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2008, very austere citrus and melon with only light minerality, delicate asparagus notes on the chalky finish, rather watery even for a wannabe Sancerre (***)

Hanging Rock RS50 Jim Jim Riesling 2007

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2007, ripe and sweet lime with some balancing lemon acidity but not enough, dry minerally finish but a bit cloying, 50 gms/litre residual sugar but not quite a dessert wine (***1/2)

Hanging Rock Jim Jim Reserve Gerwurztraminer 1998

Purchased: Good Food and Wine Shop, Huntingdale, Melb ($26)

Drink: 2006

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2006, lifted floral, spicy and slightly honeyed nose, palate also shows delicate rose petal notes on lime-marmalade but fruit intensity is just starting to decline, delicate mineral finish, get it if you enjoy the honeyed and extra complexity of an aged Traminer drink but drink it now before it fades (***1/2)

Hanging Rock Jim Jim Reserve Gerwurztraminer 2005

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2006, by way of contrast the 2005 vintage which I did at the same tasting as the 1998 shares the spicy floral nose, but it is less honeyed and complex, more grapey but there is a bit of lime, however, not surprisingly the fruit intensity on the palate is noticeable brighter (***1/2)

Hanging Rock Jim Jim Sauvignon Blanc 2005

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2006, a massive, lifted nose showing gooseberry, passionfruit and other citrus aromas, palate is a bit too compressed at front with the big gooseberry and passionfruit assault at the front but little to follow it on the mid-palate (***)