Mayford Ovens Crossing Tempranillo Cabernet 2017


WINNER of a Winepilot Trophy for the greatest value wines in Australia.

Mayford is a small winemaker in the upper reaches of the Alpine Valleys near Mount Buffalo not far from Beechworth so no surprise if you have never heard of them before, as they can be hard to find. But these wines are so worth seeking out.

The Ovens Crossing is their top wine, only made in the best years. It is a fascinating blend of largely Tempranillo and Cabernet although it is the Cabernet that shines through with sweet cassis and cedar fruits plus an attractive edge of spice and gravel well balanced with sweet fruits. It is dry and firm with intense and complex fruit. But it is really the exceptional structure that stands out. Perfectly ripened tannins match the lovely fruit and with good acid too. This is a seriously cool wine from an unusual blend and I’d love to see how it evolves over the next decade or two. Fantastic value and you can find all the Mayford wines here.