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Lethbridge Wines

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

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