2018 Lamont Central Otago Pinot Noir
Lamont is the brand of Craig and Angela Gasson, Craig a viticulturist who established 12.15 ha of vineyards with the McLachlan family in Bendigo, who planted in 1999 as one of the founders in the district. Working on-site and becoming intimate with the vines and land up to 2007, Craig and Angela took sabbatical overseas, gaining additional experience in the U.K. and the exciting Okanagan district of Canada, to return to Lamont to continue their work making the Riesling, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir wines even more expressive of their provenance. The Lamont wines are single-vineyard sourced, from a 4.5 ha block off Loop Road, organic since 2009 and now with BioGro certification. The site has the varieties matched specifically to particular soil profiles, and the viticulture is precision-managed to account for their requirements. Craig is personally responsible for the winemaking, and still involved in the viticulture.
What The Critics Say
95/100 Bob Campbell MW
"From the Bendigo subregion. Ripe, attractive pinot noir with dark cherry, plum, anise, spice and subtle oak flavours. An appealing wine in a hands-off style, with a silken texture and great purity. Approachable now but no rush 20/12/2019." Drink 2019 - 2027
Excellent to Outstanding, Otago Daily Times
95/100 Cameron Douglas MS (2017 Vintage)
"Great colour of Pinot Noir with a dark ruby core , purple hues leading to a ruby pink rim. The bouquet exposes a very youthful wine with aromas of dark cherry and plum, some blue fruit suggestions, crushed black velvet rose and spicy wood tones with suggestions of vanilla and clove, a lighter toast with a hint of wood smoke. Overall a youthful, steely and haunting complexity. On the palate - dry, tense, youthful, fruity and poised for ageing. No mistaking the vibrato of youth in the texture with fresh berry fruits, firm tannins and lively acidity asking for attention. The oak signature is distinctive yet measured enough to show that this example needs cellar time or the right food and decanting to enjoy now. Lengthy finish, flavours mirror the nose, quite complex. A wine I am happy to recommend .Only 450 cases produced. Clones 777, 667, 115 and Abel."
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