Clyde Park Pinot Noir 2020
- Elegant, lighter
It’s time to really dig into the premium pinot. And the Bellarine Peninsula is a great place to start. Clyde Park planted their vineyard back in 1979 about 30km north of Geelong and have been kicking goals ever since. This is their 2020 Estate pinot, a blend of all seven clones in the vineyard. The winemaking process incorporated 35% whole bunches and native yeast, letting the fruit and environment do the heavy lifting. Ten months in 30% new French oak finished the crafting of this wine ahead of bottling. It’s linear, structured, balanced and bright. Plenty of acid and fine tannin carry the blackcurrant, redcurrant, cranberry and cherry fruit notes, and there’s just a touch of vanilla and toast from the oak. This is sophisticated pinot through and through.
Halliday Wine Companion
“Another excellent example of the kind of fine-boned and sophisticated expression of pinot noir that Clyde Park celebrates. Forest, wild berries, wood smoke and undergrowth aromas provide insight into what follows. Round and silky in tannins across the palate, effortlessly subtle but with a solid core of flavour. A still-waters-run-deep kind of wine.”
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Geelong is a little sung about region, which is a sad state of affairs. The variation in style but consistency of wine strength seen here is the region's strong suit, and whether it's a fragrant Pinot Noir from the Bellarine Peninsular, an aromatic white from the Surf Coast or a delicate Chardonnay from the Moorabool Valley, you'll want to go on holiday just to find out where it came from. With sixty vineyards to choose from, mostly with picturesque sea views and a VERY laidback lifestyle, you're spoilt for choice. Once vine age comes on a bit more, I've not doubt that more vignerons will put two and two together and realise that it's just across the water from the Mornington Peninsula. Early adopters will be pleased.