noun: the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.
2014 was a vintage from hell as far as yields were concerned for pinot noir and Chardonnay in Southern Victoria. At Lethbridge we produced about 20% of our normal volumes of these varieties. As luck would have it, it was also the year I met Doug Smith, the owner of Hyde Park Vineyard in Great Western. I've always loved the Shiraz fruit that has come from this region but I never have had either a source of good fruit or the spare capacity in the winery to make any wine from this area.
Both things occurred in 2014, I hope you enjoy the results, I certainly have.
"From Doug Smith's Hyde Park vineyard. A concentrated and powerful wine, very much in the Lethbridge style, oozing ripe blackberry fruits from every pore; savoury tannins and French oak complete the picture of a full-bodied balanced and long-lived wine." 95 points, James Halliday
“Expressive. Alive. Ripped with spice and herb notes. So savoury you could carve it. Peppers, cloves, dried spices, scorched gum leaves, reduction. Backed by cherry/plum/raspberry notes and roasted with nuts and bitter chocolate. But that smoky savouriness is the key feature. I love it. I think it’s a steal. But style-wise it’s so in your face, it won’t be for everyone.” 94 points, Campbell Mattinson