Lamont Bendigo Pinot Noir 2012

14-Nov-2014
The case for sub-regional distinction for Central Otago Pinot Noir becomes more apparent with each vintage as vines become more mature. Even if wines show the exuberance of primary fruit and the strong hand of winemaker inputs, regionality and indeed terroir emerge with time in bottle. The Pinot Noirs of the Bendigo district on the eastern shores of Lake Dunstan show a consistency that feature an iron-core and fulsome structure. The flavours are more often than not in the black fruit spectrum, and liquorice appears frequently in descriptors. These attributes require careful management in the vineyard and in the winery to achieve balance and a point where the wines offer a degree of accessibility, without damaging their core character or longevity. Craig Gasson of Lamont Wines devotes much of his energies in making his Pinot Noir, so that it is representative of his 4.5 ha Loop Road site and the Bendigo district, yet offers the traits of drinkability and ability to age well. His 2012 release may be his best to date. www.lamontwines.com

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