Stefano Lubiana Il Giardino Pinot Noir 2017

  • Certified Organic
  • Certified Biodynamic
  • Vegan Suitable

The heavy, silty black clay topsoil over clay base helps water retention in the block, resulting in vines that have more vigour and wines that have more structure with higher acid and tannin profiles.

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Tasting notes from the winery for Stefano Lubiana Il Giardino Pinot Noir 2017

Il Giardino means “the garden” in Italian. This block is where vegetables, mainly brassicas, were grown when we first purchased the property. Masses of mustard grows wild in these soils, offering plenty of pollen for the bees we keep. In return, they help the vines prosper under biodynamic management.

This soil is part Ruscello and part La Roccia in its make-up, the main difference being the transfer of a tighter acid structure from the soil to the fruit. Of the three blocks, this is the biggest – three hectares - of which just three rows are chosen to supply grapes to Il Giardino. It is located just next to the La Roccia block but has a more northerly aspect and sits at a similar elevation. The soil is more variable but has heavier silty black clay topsoil over clay. There is some gravel in the topsoil but it’s a heavier soil than Ruscello and has some limestone influence.

Variety: 100% Pinot Noir

Vineyard: Derwent Valley, single vineyard

Vineyard management: 100% Certified Biodynamic

Geology: Black clay gravel over clay; some intrusions of chalk and grey gravel

Cellaring: 10+ years

Stefano Lubiana 

Tasmania’s first and only certified biodynamic vineyard has been cultivating vines using biodynamic methods since 2010. This means that their wines are free of all synthetic treatments, additives and pesticides. Instead they travel the alternative path, stepping back in time and using cosmic rhythms to ensure soil regenereation as well as effective vine care through all phases of the year’s seasonal cycles.

Their much sought-after wines are the result of a passionate unrelenting quest for perfection. This passion, along with free thinking and attention to detail allows them to create wines which reflect this vision. Their focus on traditional and environmentally sensitive principals has only strengthened their desire to create wines that have a unique and distinctive character, with free-flowing elegance and quality.


(SKU: SL_IPN_17)

Wine Type Red
Vintage 2017
Alcohol % 13.5
Grapes Pinot Noir
Region Derwent Valley, TAS
Volume 750mL
Packaging Glass Bottle
Closure Screwcap
Closure Cork (natural)
Certified Organic Yes
Certified Biodynamic Yes
Vegan Suitable Yes
Country of Origin New Zealand
Country of Origin Australia

Ned Goodwin Halliday Wine Magazine 2020 96 points

A Pinot built around a twine of whole cluster clove and cardamon-clad tannin, racing along a verdant undercarriage of cool climate acidity and biodynamic energy. Spiky and refreshing. Shins and elbows, but boy will this grow. Just give it time! This is Pinot for those who appreciate texture, while dwelling on intrigue. Lots of stuffing, poise and immense potential.

Gary Walsh The Wine Front 95 points

Fine perfume, red fruits, layers of exotic spice, a slight smokiness too. Medium-bodied, spiced red fruits with an almost smoked paprika character, a sweep of emery board tannin, dry, yet fresh, and a savoury and spicy finish that carries nice and long, but lacks the unfettered power and class of La Roccia. Still, outstanding wine of texture and interest that’s sure to develop beautifully with some bottle age.

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