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.
A blend of all five blocks/clones, wild-fermented with 35% whole bunches, matured for 9 months in fruit (30% new). Crystal, clear crimson; the fragrant and expressive bouquet offers red cherry/berry fruits with spice and forest floor aromas. A vibrant palate with red fruits to the fore, spice and superfine tannins. Made by Robin Brockett.
95 points, Wine Companion (March 2020)
This is a well-powered pinot noir, both savoury and fruit-driven, with roasted nut, herb and twig notes washed thoroughly through red cherry and plum-like fruit. It’s tangy but not too much so, spicy in an integrated way, dry through the finish and well structured. There was a game-like note when I first opened it but it eased away to reveal pure fruit and spice. Above average quality here.
92+ points, The Wine Front (July 2020)
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.