Clyde Park Vineyard Bannockburn Pinot Noir, Geelong
Established in 1979 on a site chosen by Gary Farr, the fruit for the estate Pinot sourced from the Clyde Park’s own 3.4ha plantings of Pinot Noir in Geelong. Various small blocks, with differing aspects, hold six different clones of Pinot Noir are planted across a broad amphitheatre. The estate Pinot brings this all together in a sublime introduction to ‘dress circle’ producer Clyde Park.
"This is the cat's whiskers, making you itch to taste the individual block wines. Deep, bright crimson-purple, its flavours are strung along a high-tensile wire of foresty notes ex-whole bunches, dripping satsuma plum and strawberry, curtailed and balanced by savoury notes and fine tannins on the finish. Drink to 2030"
96 points, James Halliday
Victoria’s first commercial wine was produced in Geelong by Swiss immigrants in 1845. During the mid- 1800’s Geelong was the largest grape-growing region in Victoria with 400 hectares under vine. When phylloxera struck in the 1870s however, the vines were decimated and it was not until the late 1960’s that the area’s vineyards were re-established. Located about 80 km southwest of Melbourne, Geelong has a cool maritime climate with low rainfall and prevalent cool blustery winds that affect flowering and Franceuit set. Soils are diverse, mostly volcanic over limestone with some lesser quality black soils. The region is dotted primarily with family owned wineries producing small quantities of high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon.