In a nutshell: Complex, engaging and impressive Australian Pinot Noir from the state of Victoria.
The lowdown: Lethbridge are a small, but high quality producer from near Geelong in Victoria and their focus is firmly on traditional winemaking techniques and respect for terroir along with a passion for making very drinkable wines. The fruit for this wine is sourced from four vineyards around Geelong. Each parcel was vinified separately and matured in French oak for 10 months before blending and bottling. The result is a wine with a tangy freshness and overall juiciness with hints of just ripe strawberries. There's also a a bit of smoky earthiness and fine tannins lying within giving an extra dimension.
When to drink: Extremely graceful, but with a hint of power this is a multifacted wine that's a pure pleasure to drink. It'll also keep nicely until the mid 2020s.
Founded in the mid 1990s by three medical academics, Ray Nadeson, Maree Collis and Arian Thomas, whose passion for wine ended up taking priority over their passion for science, they're based in the small town of Lethbridge about 40km west of Melbourne.
Firm believers in the concept of terroir and minimal intervention their avowed aim is to produce the best wines they can that express the unique character of their origins. Prior to getting going they went to great lengths to find they best vineyard sites they could to enable them to do this. Their philosophy also encompasses practicing organic techniques influenced by Biodynamic principles. Being only a small producer the quantities they make each year are quite restricted. Coupling this with the cult following they've built up in the home country means that only a small allocation of wines are exported to the UK and we're pleased to be able to get a few of them on our shelves.