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Medhurst Wines

24-26 Medhurst Rd, Gruyere, 3770 (Postal, PO Box 178,Coldstream, 3770)

Cellar Door: Thurs-Mon; pub hols (11-5)

Ph: (03) 5964 9022


The Wilson family began Medhurst Wines as a way of combining their passions and expertise - Robyn's childhood in the Yarra Valley and intimate knowledge of the area and Ross' years in the wine industry and love of wine.

The vineyard is located near the junction of Maddens Lane and Medhurst Road in Gruyere, a spectacular valley below the Coldstream Hills.

Medhurst Wines vines
Medhurst Wines vineyard

The vines are planted on north facing, well drained hillsides and are pruned, trimmed and harvested by hand. The Medhurst vineyard comprises 15ha of low cropped Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Shiraz vines. A second Red Shed label has been introduced.

A wine-making facility was built in 2011 and Matt Steel is the winemaker. Previously the wines were made by Dominique Portet.

Medhurst Wines cellar
Medhurst cellar door (photo: genxywines)
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

Medhurst Rose 2016

Purchased: Not ($5)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting:  Nov 2016, Trophy for Best Rose at Yarra Valley Wine Show 2016, derived from Cabernet and Shiraz, vibrant and dry cranberry and red cherry with white flower notes and a touch of sage, linear and savoury with a mineral finish (****1/2)

Medhurst Rose 2015

Purchased: Not  ($22)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015, derived from 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Shiraz, pale salmon colour, juicy redcurrant and strawberry with a hint of sage and fennel, lightly creamy with good length and chalky finish (****)

Medhurst Pinot Noir 2013

Purchased: Not ($33)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, Gold Medal at Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2014, MV6 clone, fragrant and succulent black cherry and boysenberry with musky spices, anise, mint and bright violet florals, glossy with some earthy undercurrents, bright citrussy acidity and evident mocha/cedar oak, good line and length given the warm vintage (****1/2)

Medhurst Frances 2012

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2014, late picked Sauvignon Blanc, sweet and spicy pear, tropical fruits and lemon curd with fresh tangerine nuanced acidity, waxy mid-palate, the touch of botrytis adds spicy complexity, best served slightly chilled (****)

Medhurst Pinot Noir 2012

Purchased: Not ($36)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2014, MV6 clone, earthy and medium bodied black cherry and cranberry with some anise , pepper and beetroot notes, foresty with fine savoury tannins and moderately sappy acidity (***1/2)

Medhurst Rose 2013

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2013, sourced from Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, salmon pink colour, aromatic, fresh and juicy redcurrants and and strawberry with a modest sprinkling of garden herbs with a fine chalky phenolics on the crisp finish, good persistence (***1/2)

Medhurst Pinot Noir 2011

Purchased: Not ($45)


(GXY) Tasting:  Nov 2012, light-medium bodied sour cherry and cranberry with some garden herb, pepper and beetroot notes, slightly green edged but foresty with firmish, savoury tannins and sappy acidity, not particularly complex (***1/2)

Medhurst Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2010, has undergone 35% barrel ferment to soften it to a more food friendly style, chalky cut grass, guava and capsicum flavours with mid-palate creaminess and a touch of flint to add interest (***)

Medhurst Rose 2010

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2010, derived from Cabernet and Shiraz, pale salmon pink colour, spicy with some raspberry sweetness on the entry but finishes quite dry and savoury (***)

Medhurst Rose 2009

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2010, made in a dry Provence style, sourced from Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, fresh and savoury blackberry and strawberry with a modest dusting of spices and dried herbs with a crisp bone dry finish (***1/2)

Medhurst Pinot Noir 2007

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2010, light-medium bodied with glazed cherry and spicy plum with forest floor notes, discrete oak with some raspberry sweetness on the finish (***1/2)

Medhurst Rose 2005

Purchased: Not ($16)

Drink: 2006

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2006, Provence style, sweet strawberry and raspberry palate balanced by interesting dry, herbal finish, shows lots of (winemaker) Dominique Portet's style (****)

Medhurst Chardonnay 2004

Purchased: Not ($17)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2006, light straw colour, nose shows lots of white peach, melon and stonefruit, creamy palate with emerging butterscotch character and vanilla oak, long finish (***1/2)

Medhurst Pinot Noir 2004

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2006, fruit driven front of palate showing dark cherries, plum and red fruits, meshes nicely with the smoky oak later on but not showing much spicy complexity, soft tannins (***1/2)

Medhurst Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2006, showing the ripeness of the unusually warm 2003 vintage, lots of blackcurrant and other dark fruits, nose shows chocolate and savoury notes, firm but not metallic tannic backbone, spicy oak-driven finish (***)