Don’t pass this by…

Passing Clouds winery is located on the outskirts of Daylesford in the Macedon Ranges wine region of Victoria. What looks like a small cellar door disguises a much bigger operation which makes it well worth a visit.

What we liked: The white wines are remarkable quality, with Chardonnay leading the way. We found the (cheaper) estate Chardonnay preferable to the (more expensive) “Fools on the Hill” label due to the better fruit profile in both the bouquet and the palate. Graeme’s Blend (Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon) was our pick of the red wines by quite a margin, with many of the other red wines needing some time in the bottle to soften the tannins; we believe they will grow into really wonderful wines in this time, the blend we chose as our group favourite was just a bit further along in the development – we still plan to cellar for a few years (and probably invest in a few more vintages in that time)

What we didn’t like: The lack of a sparkling wine was a bit of a surprise, especially given the quality of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay made at the winery. Lunch isn’t served every day, so you need to be a bit more organised if you are wanting anything more than a cheese (and accompaniments) plate with a glass of wine to break up your tasting day.

Our verdict: this is a very attractive winery to look at – the view up the hill from the alfresco dining area is very pleasant. The wines are very high quality almost without exception and there are different styles of Chardonnay on offer depending if you like the oaked or fruit-driven style. If you are visiting Daylesford, this is one stop you should make.

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