Clyde park Vineyard Bannockburn Shiraz, Geelong
From two blocks of PT23 clone, wild-fermented in small batches, 20% whole bunch, matured for 9 months in French puncheons (25% new). Deep crimson-purple; the bouquet has red and black fruits in abundance, the medium-bodied palate a precise reflection of the bouquet, the fruit allowed free play with little competition from the fine tannins. Made by Robin Brockett.
95 points, Wine Companion (March 2020)
Cool climate in general but quite chubby with oak. Black pepper and clove flavours with sweet cedarwood, toast and black cherry. Just a pup. Still bedding things down. Hint of licorice, perhaps red licorice, to the aftertaste. Lovely firm-fine arms of tannin. It’s on the way to a very good place. Just wait a bit for it to get there. 93-94 territory.
94 points, The Wine Front (July 2020)
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.