Stunning Clyde Park pinot
Clyde Park’s new crop of 2015 vintage pinot noirs are stunningly good. Anyone who worries that Australian pinot noir wines lack structure should try the 2015 Clyde Park Single Block wines, Block D, Block B2 and College Block F. All won gold-ribbon scores from me.
The College Block F, made with 100% whole-bunch fermentation, is perhaps the most elegant, beautifully perfumed and fragrant but also powerful. Block D, with all MV6 clone and again 100% whole-bunch, is superbly structured, able to stand up to stronger food flavours, and likely to develop grandly with some bottle-age. Block B2, a different clone and only 25% whole-bunch, is different again. These are statuesque, limited production wines, all priced at $70.
However, the two lower-priced Clyde Park 2015 pinots are also superb in their stations. The $25 Locale, made from other vineyards in the Geelong region, is lighter and fruitier and excellent value for money, while the Bannockburn is a bold, solidly structured pinot which retains lovely pinosity and is priced at $40.
Although their wines have been steadily improving over the recent vintages, I don’t recall a better batch of new releases from Clyde Park. Located at Bannockburn, just north of Geelong in the sub-region of Moorabool Valley made famous by Bannockburn Vineyards (tastings) and the Farr family (tastings), Clyde Park is owned by Terry and Sue Jongebloed, whose winemaker is James Thomas.
Among its advantages is the maturity of the vineyard. In fact, the first vines were planted by Gary Farr back in the late 1970s-early ‘80s. Indeed, the College Block was said to have been planted to provide the funds to put the Farr children through college.
These reviews are among the 90 Australian and New Zealand pinot noirs in my latest pinot tasting, recently posted on the huonhooke.com app.