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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.
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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
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.
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