A single vineyard gem from Geelong, Clyde Park Single Block D is made from hand-picked fruit and wild fermented. From a 20-year-old south-facing MV6 block of vines, the natural yeast fermentation includes up to 20% whole bunches and the wine is hand plunged twice a day before being racked in 40% new French hogsheads for 10 months. This textured, deeply coloured and firmly structured wine can be decanted and enjoyed now but is a great candidate for 7-10 years plus cellaring.
A bright, clear ruby. Cherry, vanilla and crunchy red fruits all, curl around a pillar of vanillin oak (25% new French) and clove-cardamon-chinotto rasp of briary whole-bunch (25%) tannin. A fleck of wild yeast funk and Campari, too. Sassy stuff here, with the sex appeal for youthful drinking and the depth and allure for ageing. And no doubt, it will age well.
94 points, Wine Companion (December 2018)
An intriguing wine with ripe plum and cherry aromatics plus a woody aroma reminiscent of old barrels. The palate is remarkably juicy and fleshy. Cherry juice flavours linger on the finish.
92 points, The Real Review (May 2019)
There’s brightness and transparency to this with floral and strawberry aromas and flavors. Medium body, firm and silky tannins. Some smoke and salted-caramel flavors. Delicious finish.
93 points, JamesSuckling.com (June 2019)
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.