“…Pinot Noir produces the most complex, hedonistic, and remarkably thrilling red wine in the world!” says Robert Parker, a statement that Jim Lumbers, owner of Lerida Estate, whole-heartedly agrees with – especially when matched with his Christmas turkey.
It was Jim’s love of Pinot Noir that saw him spend many days in the vineyards of Burgundy while living in France in the late 80’s, and prompted him to try the Pinot Noir wines of Dr Edgar Riek, one of the pioneers of the Canberra District wine region, on his return to Australia. This tasting bought him to the Lake George region of the Canberra District in 1997 to track down what he described as “some of the most outstanding Pinot Noirs I’d ever tried”.
As a result, Jim and his wife Anne Caine purchased a 40 acre plot of land nestled at the bottom of the Cullerin Range, overlooking the beautiful and mysterious Lake George – perfect for planting Pinot Noir.
According to Jim, “The terrior here is ideal; Pinot needs sunshine without excessive heat, dry air, deep soil and cool nights, and the gravelly, colluvial soil at the foot of the Range provides all of this. These conditions encourage deep-rooted, healthy vines with enough stress to favour the production of grapes with thick skins, excellent fruit flavours and high levels of anti-ageing polyphenols. The slopes face east, allowing the rising sun to dry out any dew, and so reduce the impact of moulds and mildews. The steepness of the slopes also contributes to vine health by promoting good air drainage and reducing the risk of frost damage during the growing season.”
The newly released Lerida Estate 2009 ‘Cullerin’ Pinot Noir, Canberra District follows the highly successful 2008 ‘Cullerin’ Pinot Noir which received excellent scores from both wine critics and wine shows alike. Jim says, “The 2009 vintage was crafted to achieve a balance between a fruit driven style, and more texture and weight. In particular the aroma of the new 2009 is very evocative with stewed plums, rhubarb and spice, mixed with gamey and savoury overtones, and a hint of vanilla from 20% new oak barrel.” Whilst the 2009 is still young, if decanted before tasting you will discover that the wine already delivers the flavours to match its fine, silky tannins and body, and experience with previous vintages indicates that the wine will also improve over the next 8-10 years.”
Fragt man die Winzer in Australien, so war die Nummer 1 unter den Weinen für den klassichen ‘Christmas Turkey’ der Pinot Noir. Keine andere Rebsorte passt so hervorragend zu diesem typischen australischen Weihnachtsgericht.
Wir dürfen nicht vergessen, es ist Sommer Down Under und in den Küchen werden bei 35-40 Grad Celsius gane Kämpfe zwischen Herd und Hitze (von außen) gefochten. Der delikate, häufig anstrengende und dennoch schwer zu schlagende Rotwein, den wir bei Downunder Wines so lieben, ist der ausgesprochene Liebling zu Christmas Turkey, in unserem Bericht aus dem wunderbaren Lerida Estate im Canberra District, keine 30 Minuten vor den Toren der Hauptstadt Australiens gelegen.
Die Temperaturen in Deutschland lagen mit 6-10 Grad nicht allzu fern dem australischen Klima, dennoch waren hier die schweren Rotweine und Champagner die vorherrschenden TRopfen, oder gab es irgendwo Pinot Noir zum Fest?
Ihr Downunder Wines Team