Lethbridge Pinot Noir 2015 (Geelong)

As always the back label is the from label for Lethbridge Pinot Noir 2015 ‘Terroir – it’s all about the bugs’. The concept of terroir is firmly entrenched in our thinking about wine and its provenance. This is especially true for Pinot Noir. Speculation abounds as to the major influences on terroir and include soil, aspect and according to the wine board of Burgundy, even ‘technical skill, choice of tools and methods’. A recent paper in the scientific journal, Nature*, suggests significant genetic differences between microbial populations from different geographic locations, correlates closely with differences in the resulting wine. These results reveal what we have always known: the importance of biodiversity in producing wines with a sense of place. Hence our adherence to biodynamic principles. - Ray

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"Not that this is for guzzling but it has a thirst-quenching quality about it. It's the acidity and the abundance of juicy, tangy cherry fruit with whole-bunch qualities and it's overall freshness. It's by no means simple, the tannins are supple, the body compact, oak part of the equation but not dominating and the feeling this is special.”
95 Points - Jane Faulkner, James Halliday Wine Companion
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Lethbridge Wines is a situated in the Moorabool valley in the Geelong wine region. Back in the 1860’s the Geelong region was the largest grape-growing region in Victoria, having been established by immigrant Swiss vignerons. Unsurprisingly the varieties planted were said to include ’Hermitage’, Burgundy and Chasselas . The wines produced from the region won numerous prizes at local and European wine shows. When phylloxera was discovered in the region in the early1880’s the vineyard were destroyed and it was not until the late 1960’s early 1970’s that vines were again planted in the Geelong region.

Not surprisingly, the site at Lethbridge was selected based on scientific principles such as soil type, degree days and other climatic indicators. However when we first explored the property we discovered an ancient old wooden fermentation vat in one of the old sheds. Discussion with the previous owner (Ivor Perdrisat) revealed that his family, Swiss in origin, had planted a vineyard on the exact site back in the 1870's before the discovery of phylloxera in the region. The old wine vat has been reincarnated as a beautiful timber tasting bench in the cellar door. This story is compelling in the connection between traditional wisdom and modern science.

There are few tales as impressive as that of Lethbridge Wines. Ray Nadeson and Maree Collis were both successful medical researchers before succumbing to their desire to create a vineyard and winery in Geelong. They planted vines on their own rootstocks, built a straw-bale winery and house, and farmed the land according to biodynamic beliefs. Their wines are powerful, structured, pure and long-lived.

All fruit for Lethbridge Pinot Noir 2015 was handpicked and fermented separately to keep the individual vineyard characters distinct. Each parcel was treated the same; wild yeast fermented with around 40% whole bunches. The wine was then matured for 10 months in 40% new French oak barriques. After rigorous tastings we blended the wines to create this wonderful Pinot Noir in the Lethbridge style.

Bottled in February 2016. Winery Notes

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Case Qty 12
ABV 12.8%
Brand Lethbridge Wines Geelong
Color Red
Variety Pinot Noir
Vintage 2015
Country of Manufacture Australia
Region Geelong
State Victoria
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price $45.00
Dozen Buy $419.88
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