"It feels absolutely cool climate and bunchy but it also feels absolutely ripe and generous. It will no doubt age but there isn’t a lot of reason to wait; it’s beautiful now." 95pts - Campbell Mattinson - WineFront
About this Wine
The River Block sits on a limestone bluff alongside the Mitchell River. Planted in a seam of rich red soil layered over the limestone with a gentle easterly aspect, the River Block yields Shiraz of complexity and elegance. Hand picked and gently destemmed into small open fermenters. Hand plunged twice daily. 100 day post ferment maceration. 11 month French oak maturation, 40% new.
"Hand-picked destemmed fruit with a high whole berry proportion was left in skin contact for 100 days post-ferment, then pressed to French oak (40% new) for maturation. Unequivocally struts it's cool climate DNA, but it still feels ripe and approachable. Dark fruit, peppery spice, cedar and licorice are all in play, the medium-bodied palate framed with supple tannin." 95pts - Steven Creber - Wine Companion
"100 days post ferment maceration before going into French oak, 40% new. The effort was worth it. This is a pretty spectacular Shiraz. Immensely peppery and textural with an excellent push of plush-feeling fruit and a highly complex, not to mention persistent, finish. It feels absolutely cool climate and bunchy but it also feels absolutely ripe and generous. It will no doubt age but there isn’t a lot of reason to wait; it’s beautiful now." 95pts - Campbell Mattinson - WineFront
About the Winery
Lightfoot & Sons Myrtle Point Vineyard is located in East Gippsland, Victoria, within view of the Gippsland Lakes. 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 29Ha vineyard was planted between 1995-1997 by the Lightfoot family on their farm ‘Myrtle Point’. Pinot Noir plantings make up almost half, with smaller bocks of Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet.
The wines are made by Alastair Butt and Tom Lightfoot. Alastair brings more than 25 years of winemaking experience to the winery, working previously in the Yarra Valley and Hunter Valley. After completing a Viticultural Science and Wine Production degree, Tom has worked a number of vintages in wineries throughout Australia and the Northern Hemisphere. Tom now manages the Myrtle Point Vineyard and assists Alastair in winemaking.
'Ten Dark Horses' Winery Award - James Halliday - Wine Companion