Lightfoot & Sons Myrtle Point Pinot Noir 2018
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Lightfoot & Sons Myrtle Point Pinot Noir 2018

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Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Style: Red Wine

Variety: Pinot Noir

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Producer: Lightfoot & Sons

Country: Australia

Region: Gippsland

Vintage: 2018

Critic Score: 95

Alcohol: 13.8%

Size: 750 ml

Drink by: 2030


A delicious pinot from one of my favourite pinot regions - Nick Munday
Trophy Best Pinot Noir - Gippsland Wine Awards 2019
Trophy Best Red Wine - Gippsland Wine Awards 2019

The 2018 Lightfoot & Sons Myrtle Point Pinot Noir is a delicious pinot from one of my favourite pinot regions that thoroughly deserved the two trophies it received at the 2019 Gippsland Wine Awards. Great value for money. Made exclusively from fruit grown at the Myrtle Point Vineyard in the coastal Gippsland Lakes District. The vineyard, first planted in 1995, is situated between the foothills of the Great Dividing Range and Bass Strait and enjoys a cool, semi-maritime climate. The vineyard is located on a limestone bluff above the Mitchell River where the soil is classic Terra Rosa over limestone. 

Sturdy, almost beefy, with macerated cherry and woodsy spice characters pushing through. It's a somewhat backward, earthen, more-bass-than-treble wine with sweet, toasty, malty characters as highlights and good momentum through the finish. You'd bet that it will age well."  Campbell Mattinson

"The 2018 vintage will be remembered as one of particularly high quality. Classic Gippsland Pinot Noir; generous bright cherry and plum fruit balanced with savoury earthy and spicy notes.  Clear varietal and regional character, bright fruit with complexity and texture.

Made in a series of open fermenters using a variety of winemaking techniques for ultimate complexity, structure and depth.  We used 4 different yeast strains throughout the ferments, RC212, IOC Révélation terroir, M2 and AMH.  We also had various amounts of whole clusters added to individual fermenters ranging from 0% up to 30%.    All ferments were hand-plunged at least twice daily, and allowed to ferment until completion.  The wine was then pressed to tank, combining both the pressings and the free-run fractions, before being sent to barrel the following day.  15% new French Oak barrels were used in the blend, with the remainder being in seasoned French oak, and allowed to age in the cellar for 10 months.  Coopers used include Damy, Sirugue, St Martin, Mercurey and Bossuet.  The wine was cross-flow filtered prior to bottling in February 2019.  This wine was not fined with any animal products and is proudly vegan."  Lightfoot & Sons

Expert reviews

Gippsland Wine Awards 2019 - 95 points (No review available)

"Sturdy, almost beefy, with macerated cherry and woodsy spice characters pushing through. It's a somewhat backward, earthen, more-bass-than-treble wine with sweet, toasty, malty characters as highlights and good momentum through the finish. Again you'd bet that it will age well. Drink by: 2027."  Campbell Mattinson, Halliday Wine Companion - 94 points and Special Value Wine  ★ 

Awards

Trophy, Best Pinot Noir - Gippsland Wine Awards 2019
Trophy, Best Red Wine - Gippsland Wine Awards 2019
Gold Medal - Gippsland Wine Awards 2019
Special Value Wine – Halliday Wine Companion  ★ 


About the winery

Lightfoot & Sons Myrtle Point Vineyard

The Lightfoot family first planted a small vineyard in 1995 on their cattle farm 'Myrtle Point' in the pristine Gippsland Lakes region. The vineyard site, situated between the foothills of the Great Dividing Range and Bass Strait, was selected when soil mapping of the region identified tracts of the much celebrated Terra Rosa over limestone soil structure. The 29 hectare Myrtle Point Vineyard was planted over two years, almost half with Pinot Noir together with smaller bocks of Chardonnay and Shiraz.

Initially only small batches of wine each vintage were made for the enjoyment of family, friends and a handful of local wine enthusiasts. That all changed in 2007 when sons Rob & Tom Lightfoot took over the vineyard from their parents after gaining experience in the wine industry away from the region. Learning from industry heavyweights, both here and overseas, cemented their passion for the industry and the drive to return to East Gippsland and create Lightfoot Wines. "I’d spent a fair bit of time working in Oregon in the US, growing and making Pinot Noir. The Willamette Valley has a lot in common with Gippsland, and I was keen to come back home and use that experience to make Pinot Noir from our vineyard," recalls Tom Lightfoot.

The wines are made by Alastair Butt and Tom Lightfoot. Alastair had also moved to Gippsland in 2007 and brought more than 25 years of winemaking experience to the winery, having worked previously in the Yarra Valley and Hunter Valley. His enthusiasm, particularly for Chardonnay, has been a pivotal part of the Lightfoot Wines story. Tom, with a degree in Viticultural Science and Wine Production, manages the Myrtle Point Vineyard and assists Alastair in winemaking.

Over the years the team has continued to grow. "We are fortunate to have built up a team of people here who are really committed to what we do and are passionate about winemaking in Gippsland," says Marketing Manager, Simon Cordery. In 2017 they added a cellar door, perched above the Mitchel River Valley with sweeping views of the vineyard, the limestone escarpment and the valley below.

"We have come a long way since planting the first vines way back in 1995. Every aspect of what we do has changed and evolved. The most significant change is our shift from traditional viticulture to a biological farming model motivated by both the pursuit of quality and a desire to improve sustainability. The main difference is that we used to focus just on the fruit, whereas we now take a more holistic approach which starts with soil health. The use of compost, mulch, fish and seaweed emulsions creates a healthy soil biome and, as a result, healthier vines that are robust, and yield high quality fruit," says Tom Lightfoot.

Wine region map of Victoria

Victoria

Victoria is home to more than 800 wineries across 21 wine regions. The regions are Alpine Valley, Beechworth, Bendigo, Geelong, Gippsland, Glenrowan, Goulburn Valley, Grampians, Heathcote, Henty, King Valley, Macedon Ranges, Mornington Peninsula, Murray Darling, Pyrenees, Rutherglen, Strathbogie Ranges, Sunbury, Swan Hill, Upper Goulburn and Yarra Valley.

Victoria's first vines were planted at Yering in the Yarra Valley in 1838. By 1868 over 3,000 acres had been planted in Victoria, establishing Victoria as the premier wine State of the day. Today, the original vineyards planted at Best's Wines are among the oldest and rarest pre-phylloxera plantings in the world.

Victoria's climate varies from hot and dry in the north to cool in the south and each wine region specialises in different varietals. For example, Rutherglen in the north is famous for its opulent Muscats and Topaque and bold reds, while the many cooler climate regions near Melbourne produce world class Chardonnay and pinot Noir. Victoria is truly a wine lover's playground.