|Wine: LIGHTFOOT & SONS CLIFF BLOCK PINOT NOIR 2015|
|Variety: Pinot Noir|
|Tasting Note: This has to be one of my favourite producers in the Gippsland Region, year in year out they punch out elegant fruit driven wines – and that is just their Myrtle Point Range, take another step to the Single Vineyard Wines and you are talking about serious Pinot Noir.
The Myrtle Point is one of my go to Pinot Noir’s, but the Cliff Block Single Vineyard Pinot Noir has had a few more years to knit together in the bottle and when you pour a glass all of its charms are on display.
With 10 months in French Oak, 30% whole bunch fermentation and a couple years after that in the bottle there is a whole lot going on in the glass.
The nose presents a cross section of earthy forest floor aromas, elements of red fruit and something I could never quite identify in the background. Deeper in colour than the Myrtle Point and far more serious and brooding on every level. The fruit on the palate is dominated by sour cherry notes, as is the case in most top-flight Pinot Noir, but there are also dark berries and black cherries making their presence known. Every so often a pleasing wash of acid cleanses the palate to prepare for another dance of flavours.
This is a great wine – definitely one to share with friends.