After working with Pinot Noir in Geelong for the past 18 years and the Hat Rock Vineyard for the past 11 years, it became clear to me we had something special. Here the clay soils nourish vines that consistently produce bunches of small berries with great concentration and flavour. The passion put into growing the grapes by owner Stephen Funnell is unparalleled and the wines have consistently shown a level of quality and distinctive character, leading to our decision to showcase this site in a single vineyard bottling.
“Single vineyard pinot noir from the Bellarine Peninsula. Ray Nadeson at Lethbridge has worked with this vineyard for 11 years and reckons it “has become clear to me that we have something (in this vineyard) special. Here the clay soils nourish vines that consistently produce bunches of small berries with great concentration and flavour.”
It’s one of those sweet-sour pinot noirs with undergrowth and beet characters given amplification by flashes of volatile acidity. Cherries, black and red, usher it all forward, as indeed do smoked meat and spice characters. It’s the full catastrophe on one hand but it’s silty and supple on the other. Mid-term it will develop beautifully; maybe even longer.” 92 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front