Lerida Estate Josephine Pinot Noir 2010 Canberra District Lake George
This wine had its origin in the observation by an external consultant that we had ten barriques (out of the equivalent of 72) with truly outstanding and world class flavour potential. On this basis, these barrels were blended into a special bottling using a family name. The resulting wine has a higher-than-normal proportion of new French oak, (40%), and a predominance of fruit from our Dijon clones and the top-most rows, above 700 metres, although every area is represented. We were looking for varietal definition, power, balance and complexity. New oak demands great fruit, and in a lesser year than 2008, or with younger vines, we would not have dared to concentrate so much.
As the wine ages, we are seeing our strategy for this wine starting to pay off, as the rich and varied fruit aromas and silky Pinot Noir tannins combine with the complementary oak and then unfold on the palate to give the true ‘peacock’s tail’ effect of a great Pinot Noir. This wine is just beginning to drink well now (and to climb up the medal placings) but the wine requires several years of careful ageing to realise its full potential.