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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
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/
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.’
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.