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McIvor Estate claims major award

Gary and Cynthia Harbor have claimed one of Victoria’s most prestigious wine awards for their McIvor Estate vineyard by taking out the Premier’s Gold Trophy for Victorian Wine at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show.

The Award for their 2005 McIvor Shiraz came on the tenth anniversary of their entry into viticulture and wine making.

McIvor Estate is the vineyard where the Harbor's first planted vines in 1997 on an idyllic granitic loam hill slope just to the south of the Tooborac township at the southern end of the Heathcote GI.

They took possession of the former grazing property in August 2007 and the same year had their first vines in the ground.

Now five vintage releases later McIvor Estate has 5.5 ha of vines in production, with its own cellar door and an adjoining 7.5 ha olive grove has also been established.

“Our 2005 McIvor Estate Shiraz which won’t be released to the market until early next year at a likely $35 a bottle retail is the result of a near perfect vintage season,” Gary Harbor said.

“The yield was low at under two tonnes to the acre, the seasonal conditions were ideal, the grapes ripened perfectly and we didn’t pick until mid May at 15 Baume.

“The wine was made for us by Alan Cooper at nearby Cobaw Ridge where it was fermented in a small batch process, air bag pressed and has received about fifteen months maturation in a mix of old and new oak barrels.

“Our McIvor Estate wines are being recognised as different in style to the traditional Heathcote shiraz.

“We are at the very southern end of the GI (just over one hour north of Melbourne) in a much cooler environment which borders almost on the Macedon Ranges and its environment. Our soils are granitic rather than the red Cambrian soils that are synonymous with Heathcote. We think this terroir imparts a subtle, multi layered profile to our wines,” Gary said.

Wine Show judges seem to agree as McIvor Estate has acquired a substantial Show record for its wines in recent years winning over thirty Show medals.

“Because our production is relatively small at under 2,000 cases in total, we have been limited in the number of wine shows we can enter as many have minimum production or literage limits.

“So to win the Premier’s Gold Trophy and to have it presented by Victoria’s just appointed new Premier John Brumby means a lot to us.”

For more information visit www.mcivorestate.com.au

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