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Lethbridge Wines

 

Lethbridge Estate Vineyard

The Estate Vineyard in Lethbridge, originally planted in 1874 by Swiss immigrants was replanted by the owners of Lethbridge Wines in 1996. This vineyard is managed following the biodynamic principles of Rudolf Steiner and is currently seeking organic accreditation from the Biological Farmers of Australia (BFA).

Re-established: 1996

Location: 30 km Northwest of Geelong

Rainfall: 520 mm

Heat Summation: 1240 degree days

Altitude: 141 m above sea level

Aspect: North East

Climate: Continental

Soil

The vineyard is divided into two distinct soil types. One type is a shallow black self mulching clay on 60-100cm of honeycomb basalt which is over solid bluestone. The depth of the clay is no greater than 50 cm, so the vines must send their roots deep into the rock to extract water and nutrients. The other soil type is a sandy clay loam which contains significant amounts of ironstone. The vineyard is divided into blocks based on soil types and we have found that the fruit from these distinct blocks have notably different characters.

Varieties Planted

Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Viognier, Merlot, Zinfandel, Sangiovese Brunello, and Chardonnay.

Wines

Lethbridge 'Allegra' Chardonnay, Lethbridge 'Mietta' Pinot Noir, Lethbridge 'Indra' Shiraz, Lethbridge 'Hugo George' Sangiovese Merlot, Lethbridge Pinot Noir, Lethbridge Merlot, Lethbridge Zinfandel, Lethbridge Vin Gris, and Lethbridge Rosé.

 

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