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Lamont – Bendigo Single Site Wines

03 July,2013

Lamont is the brand of Craig and Angela Gasson, Craig a viticulturist who established 12.15 ha of vineyards with the McLaughlin 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. Up to 2012, the wines were made using the Peregrine facility with Duncan Gibson there as a consultant winemaker. The 2013 vintage wines, the eleventh for Lamont, were made at Maude in Wanaka, with James McElrea assisting. Here are my reviews of the current release wines. www.lamontwines.com


Lamont Bendigo Central Otago Riesling 2010

Riesling from New Zealand – Otago

Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, pale on rim. The bouquet is elegantly firm with refined and penetrating aromas of pure lime fruit and minerals, revealing a little secondary toasty nuance and exotic citrus blossom notes. Dry to taste and elegantly proportioned, tightly bound fruit flavours of white florals, lime fruit and minerals flow smoothly and seamlessly on a very fine-textured palate. This has concentration and excellent linearity, with soft, chalky, thirst-quenching acidity underlining the fruit. The fruit purity is a feature and the flavours lead to a very long, lingering dry finish with limes and minerals. This is a very fine-textured, pure, dry Riesling with a suggestion of toasty complexity. Serve as an aperitif, and with fine Asian cuisine over the next 5-6 years. Hand-picked fruit, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc., and 5 g/L rs. 18.5/20 Jun 2013 RRP $24.99


Lamont Bendigo Central Otago Pinot Gris 2011

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Otago

Hand-picked fruit cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 14.5% alc. and 4.4 g/L rs, the wine aged on lees 2 months. Full, even, light straw-yellow colour with slight green hues. This has a fine and firm, aromatically lifted nose of savoury white stonefruits with an exotic white floral and minerally amalgam, revealing nutty elements. Dryish to taste and medium-bodied, clean clear and crisp flavours of white stonefruits, nuts and minerals show with a subtle richness and juiciness. The acidity is crisp and lacy, and along with some alcohol warmth, the palate possesses good drive and energy. There is excellent liveliness and tension, with pear and honeysuckle notes growing on a long and sustained finish. This is dry Pinot Gris with clarity of fruit flavour and subtle richness and power. Serve with Asian cuisine and with most white meat dishes over the next 4-5 years. 17.5+/20 Jun 2013 RRP $27.99


Lamont Bendigo Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

Clones 667, 777, 115 and Abel, fully destemmed, the fermentation initiated by indigenous yeasts and taken to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 21 days on skins and aged 11 months in 20% new French oak barriques. Dark, deep ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, lighter on edge. The bouquet is fresh and fragrant with aromas of dark berries and cherry fruit, still tightly bound and with excellent depth and purity of expression. Nuances of dark herbs, fennel and liquorice unfold, adding to the interest. Medium-full bodied, the palate is finely proportioned with vivid, pure black cherry and berry fruits, showing excellent varietal clarity. The palate has a tightly concentrated core, supported by bright, fresh acidity and fine-grained, supple tannins. The flavours follow a positive line that leads to a very long finish with black fruit and liquorice flavours. This is a fresh and vibrant, pure, black-fruited Pinot Noir classically expressive of Central Otago. Match with roasted duck and pork, and with semi-hard cheeses over the next 5-7 years. 250 cases made 18.0+/20. Jun 2013 RRP $44.99

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