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Lethbridge Menage a Noir Pinot Noir 2013 (Biodynamic)

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Lethbridge vineyards are managed with biodynamic principles and it shows in this great value pinot. There are delicious red fruits and abundant savoury charactes to enable plenty of gluggability here. Soft, fleshy cherry, strawberry creaminess and typical Geelong/Bannockburn spiciness adding complexity with a decent amount of natural acidity and fine-grained tannins providing ample structure. This is a drink now wine but will reward mid-term cellaring too.

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Lethbridge is located 30km to the northwest of Geelong in the Moorabool Valley. Soils are either clay over basalt with a deep limestone/bluestone base or sandy clay loam with ironstone. The estate vineyard was planted in 1996 and is managed according to biodynamic principles. Indigenous yeast ferments, barrel ferment (on most whites), minimal intervention. I tasted an impressive selection of wines presented by owner/winemaker Ray Nadeson. Depite Ray’s assertation that the wines will never taste better than at that time when I am on site and chatting with the winemaker, the exceptional quality of the wines is quite evident. There is some serious winemaking happening here.Ray Nadeson – Owner and Winemaker. Ray came to the wine industry from an academic background. After spending 10 years researching and teaching neuroscience at Monash University, Ray's passion for wine led him and partner Maree Collis together with friend Adrian Thomas to establish their own wine company. For 8 years Ray continued his academic career, publishing extensively in the area of pain research whilst at the same time establishing Lethbridge Wines and earning his degree in winemaking from Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga. In 2003 Ray decided that Lethbridge Wines needed his full commitment and, with some trepidation, jumped in with both feet .Ray's role is multi-faceted, he is responsible for overseeing the vineyard work at Lethbridge and together with his partner Maree makes all of the wines for Lethbridge Wines. He also undertakes contract winemaking for a number of small premium producers, including Yarraloch, Oakdene Vineyards, Kurabana Estate, Leura Park, Hatrock, Feehans Rd, and Moorabool Ridge. Email: ray@lethbridgewines.comMaree Collis – Owner, Winemaker. Maree was a hard-working dedicated scientist working in area of medicinal chemistry research for the biotech company AMRAD when she was led drastically astray by Ray Nadeson and Adrian Thomas. One Burgundy too many and she had agreed to spend all her money and weekends toiling on the vineyard and in the winery. Maree was central to the establishment of Lethbridge Wines in 1996, and in the same year undertook studying for a Winemaking degree at Charles Sturt University, NSW.In 2000, after the birth of Maree and Ray's first daughter (Indra), Maree took an opportunity to use her chemistry knowledge in a role with the Environment Protection Authority. Over the next five years she had two more daughters (Allegra and Mietta) and continued working to protect the environment, as well as maintaining her involvement in Lethbridge Wines. In 2006 with birth of Hugo, Maree decided to devote herself wholly to Lethbridge Wines and here now brood of four. She is active in all areas of the business, from being engaged in winemaking during vintage to heading up the marketing and financial side of the operation. Email: maree@lethbridgewines.comAdrian Thomas – Owner and Wine Lover. Adrian is not your average doctor with a vineyard. In the mid 1990s Adrian was working as a cardiovascular physician and undertaking a PhD in epidemiology looking at the role of vitamin E in the development of cardiovascular disease. However, his personal preference for delaying the onset of such disease was to imbibe in Grand Cru Burgundies. His love of great wine led him to join with Ray Nadeson and Maree Collis to establish Lethbridge Wines. Adrian is currently working in a senior role at Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals in the United States. He makes regular visits to Lethbridge and lends his extremely well-honed palate to many of the blending decisions.

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Volume (ml)750ml
How it's madeOrganic, Biodynamic or Sustainably Produced
Product typeWine Red Pinot Noir

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