In my recent tastings of Rhône whites, these three stood out like beacons.
By Farr Shiraz 2015, Geelong, AUD $65
By Farr Sangreal Pinot Noir 2015, Geelong, AUD $80
Brown Magpie Pinot Noir 2014, Geelong, AUD $35
Lethbridge Pinot Gris 2016, Geelong, AUD $30
Brown Magpie Shiraz, 2014, Geelong, AUD $38
Clyde Park’s new crop of 2015 vintage pinot noirs are stunningly good.
Bannockburn Vineyards, one of Australia’s leading small wineries, is losing its colourful and charismatic winemaker Michael Glover. He will leave in January after nine years at Bannockburn, returning to his native New Zealand. For an iconic wine property like Bannockburn (tastings) to have found Glover
By Farr Chardonnay, Geelong 2012 $68 Great chardonnay of precision, intensity and generosity. Complex, fine bouquet of lemony fruit and mealy, nutty, creamy lees and very subtly played oak. A mouth-watering palate, intense and persistent and stands tall beside grand cru Burgundies. Now to five
Brown Magpie was the star at this year’s Boutique Wine Awards, winning the trophy for top wine of show with its 2013 Single Vineyard Pinot Noir. It’s a name most wine lovers would not have heard, but the vineyard is in the Geelong region of southern Victoria – a region whose fame with pinot noir is well established. It’s the region of Bannockburn winery, the Farr family, Lethbridge, Oakdene, Provenance, Bellarine Estate, Austin’s, Curlewis and numerous other small wineries which have all had major success with pinot noir.