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Graham Sutherland
 
5 January 2017 | Graham Sutherland

Chardonnay Benchmark Tasting

The time has come to start putting together the wines for our 2017 Australia Day Chardonnay Benchmark Tasting.

We will be serving the wines in three brackets of six wines, all will be served blind. The object isn't to make Lethbridge look good or make other wineries or regions look bad but to raise the profile of Chardonnay.

We at Lethbridge love Chardonnay, in 2015 Ray made three Chardonnay's including the first vintage of 'The Bartl', a Chardonnay grown exclusively at Lethbridge. Lemon pith, and citrus fruits drive the wine, this is one fo my favourite wines ever made by Ray. It will be interesting to see what the 2016 tastes like and what our guests think.

Cheers,
Graham

Time Posted: 05/01/2017 at 3:46 PM
Ray Nadeson
 
30 December 2016 | Ray Nadeson

'Take me to Victoria' - an Australian wine tasting in Japan

In October 2016 we were lucky enough to receive Japanese journalist Yasuyuki Ukita at the winery.

He has written a wonderful article in Madame Figaro magazine about Lethbridge Wines, Geelong, the Great Ocean Road and the Mornington Peninsula. He has also told us of his plans to host a 'Take me to Victoria' wine tasting in 2017 where he will be showcasing Ménage a Noir among other Victorian wines.

Like Madame Figaro on Facebook for more update on this tasting and other fantastic events in and around Japan.

Time Posted: 30/12/2016 at 10:34 AM
Maree Collis
 
25 August 2016 | Maree Collis

Lethbridge Wins Geelong's Best Small Cellar Door

The results are in for the Geelong region in the Gourmet Traveller Wine Australia’s Best Cellar Door Awards.  The leading wine writers in the country have visited every region to determine the star wineries, best tasting experiences and who serves the finest food in Australia’s diverse and evolving wine scene.

The Geelong Wine Region’s reputation for outstanding cool climate wines and excellent hospitality is shown across these great results.

  • Best Small Cellar Door – Lethbridge Wines

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  • Star Cellar Door – Paradise IV
  • Best Large Cellar Door – Shadowfax Winery
  • Cellar Door with Best Food – Jack Rabbit Vineyard
  • Best Tasting Experience – Austins & Co
  • Best Additional Experience (farmstay, accommodation and scenic views) – Clyde Park
Time Posted: 25/08/2016 at 2:18 PM
Maree Collis
 
19 August 2016 | Maree Collis

Lethbridge in London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ray will be in London on the 20th September as part of Wine Australia's "Artisan's of Australia" tasting. Bringing together over 20 innovative artisanal winemakers from more than 40 Australian wineries under one roof for the first time in London.

If you happen to be free you can book through (https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-artisans-of-australia-tasting-tickets-26221564405), please note that this is a Trade Only Event

Ray will also will be hosting a dinner at the wonderful independant wine merchant, Caviste. Contact the staff there to get more details, http://www.caviste.co.uk/ 

Time Posted: 19/08/2016 at 1:49 PM
Ray Nadeson
 
19 August 2016 | Ray Nadeson

Lunch with Thomás Clancy

On a recent trip to Europe I was fortunate enough to drop in our Irish importers Corkscrew. These great guys set me up an interview with prominent Irish wine writer Tomás Clancy, I had previously read some of his reviews and like the honesty he brought to his work. His scores weren’t ridiculously high, his questions to wine makers were thoughtful and his tasting notes were above all, extremely indicative of the wines he was tasting. Too often we hear people talking about the score a wine gets, but do we read the review? Take the score away and does the tasting note reflect he wine?

I spent an hour with Tomás and we spoke about Geelong, the last 21 years of Lethbridge (my god, has it really been that long??) and where I thought our wines sat in the landscape of Australian wine. What I wanted to convey in this interview was how far the Australian wine industry had come in the last 21 years, Victoria in particular is such a diverse state, we have almost every different type of climate and soil in the planet. We can make hot, Mediterranean-style wines, and cool and cold - really properly cold- climate wines too, and we have just started to scratch the surface of some of these areas.

Corkscrew are lucky enough to be selling some of our older vintages and Thomás was very kind with his scores, hopefully won’t be long before I can get back and enjoy a few glasses with them again soon.

2013 Lethbridge Estate Chardonnay - 91 points
2010 Lethbridge Allegra Chardonnay - 95 points
2014 Lethbridge Great Western Shiraz - 91 points
2013 Lethbridge Estate Shiraz - 93 points
2014 Lethbridge Ménage a Noir pinot Noir - 91 points
2012 Lethbridge Estate pinot Noir - 94 points

Time Posted: 19/08/2016 at 1:39 PM
Ray Nadeson
 
24 July 2015 | Ray Nadeson

2012 Lethbridge Pinot Noir Wins Best Wine of the Year in London

The Lethbridge 2012 Pinot Noir not only won a gold medal at the 2015 Sommelier Wine Awards in the category ‘New World Pinots, Rest of the World’ but went on to clinche the major prize of Best Wine of The Year 2015 at The Sommelier Wine Awards

The Sommelier Wine Awards is a wine competition with a difference. Britain’s only on-trade/restaurant wine competition, it focuses entirely on wines aimed at the on-trade. Since it started in 2007 it has grown to become the first point of reference for the UK's on-trade wine buyers and this year over 2500 wines were enterd.

And here is what the judges said about the Lethbridge 2012 Pinot Noir:

‘Serious but elegant, intensity and complexity took Lethbridge to the winners' circle. Athila Roos of The Arts Club admired the ‘classic, beautiful Pinot nose’ on this example, adding: ‘Fragrant red berries and petals, soft and inviting. Silky texture with extract and density, mineral undertones and a complex, layered finish.’ 'The palate is savoury and meaty, with texture and firm tannins,' said Vincent Pastorello of Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, suggesting matches ranging from turbot with a red wine sauce to boeuf bourguignon.

You can read more reviews of this wine on our ‘Wine and Shop’ page here.

 

 

Time Posted: 24/07/2015 at 11:37 AM
Maree Collis
 
13 May 2015 | Maree Collis

2012 Lethbridge Pinot Noir Wins Gold in London

The Lethbridge 2012 Pinot Noir has won a gold medal at the 2015 Sommelier Wine Awards.  

The Sommelier Wine Awards is a wine competition with a difference. Britain’s only on-trade/restaurant wine competition, it focuses entirely on wines aimed at the on-trade. Since it started in 2007 it has grown to become the first point of reference for the UK's on-trade wine buyers.

In the category ‘New World Pinots, Rest of the World’, only two gold medals were awarded, with the Lethbridge Pinot being one of them. ‘The distinctive point of this competition is … to put together the Gold List, a kind of ultimate wine list, from the 2,500 wines sent in.’

And here is what the judges said about the Lethbridge 2012 Pinot Noir:

‘Serious but elegant, intensity and complexity took Lethbridge to the winners' circle. Athila Roos of The Arts Club admired the ‘classic, beautiful Pinot nose’ on this example, adding: ‘Fragrant red berries and petals, soft and inviting. Silky texture with extract and density, mineral undertones and a complex, layered finish.’ 'The palate is savoury and meaty, with texture and firm tannins,' said Vincent Pastorello of Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, suggesting matches ranging from turbot with a red wine sauce to boeuf bourguignon.

You can read more reviews of this wine on our ‘Wine and Shop’ page here.

With such tough competition, we here at Lethbridge Wines were delighted to also be awarded a silver medal for the 2012 Dr Nadeson Riesling. It was described as:

‘A little shy on the nose, but really comes through with a full-textured palate, developing beautifully through the finish,’ said an impressed Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering, with La Petite Maison’s Andrea Fasan adding: ‘Terroir-driven, smoky, austere character with long, persistent mineral and juicy fruit notes.’

 

Time Posted: 13/05/2015 at 12:28 PM
Ray Nadeson
 
5 May 2015 | Ray Nadeson

Fundraising for Devastated Nepal

I have been lucky enough to spend time in Nepal and climbing Mount Everest. My love of mountain climbing naturally brought me to the region, but it was the beauty of the Nepalese people that ensured this country holds a special place in my heart. I have been deeply saddened by the devastation and the human tragedy and loss. I feel compelled to support the emergency efforts being undertaken for the wonderful people I encountered on my travels.

Please help me help Red Cross Australia by giving whatever you can using the ‘Donate Now’ button on my fundraising page.

The more people that know about the Australian Red Cross Appeal, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot.

 

Time Posted: 05/05/2015 at 8:05 AM
Maree Collis
 
22 August 2014 | Maree Collis

Wine Dinner at Sydney's Nomad Restaurant

Time Posted: 22/08/2014 at 12:53 PM
Maree Collis
 
6 March 2013 | Maree Collis

Mietta Hits New York

Every week we seem to get emails requesting wine for various events, tastings, shows etc and so a about six weeks ago when Gordon Little from Little Peacock Imports and Eric Asimov from The New York Times asked us to send wine for a dinner at New York restaurant The Spotted Pig we thought it sounded like something a bit special.  The dinner was intended to showcase Australian red wines and to breakdown some of the stereotypes that exist, namely that Australia only produces big bold shiraz. We were very excited last week when The New York Times published an article that featured the 12 favorite wines from this tasting and the 2008 Mietta Pinot Noir rates a mention. If you are interested to read the article you can find it here.

 

Time Posted: 06/03/2013 at 3:28 AM