Stefano Lubiana La Roccia Pinot Noir 2017
- Certified Organic
- Certified Biodynamic
- Vegan Suitable
RegionDerwent Valley, TAS
"This is infinitely long, etched with tannin, extract and sex appeal. Refined. Gorgeous. Length pushes the score." Ned Goodwin Halliday Wine Magazine 2020 97 points
La Roccia, or the ‘rock’ in Italian, is a nod to the main geological feature of this block; a large limestone rock shelf in the middle of the block. The La Roccia block is always first picked and consistently produces wines with the greatest structure and tannin of the three blocks.
Tasting notes from the winery for Stefano Lubiana La Roccia Pinot Noir 2017
La Roccia: the rock. This block is 1.5ha in size and is located on a beautiful north-eastern hillside, overlooking the Derwent River at an elevation of 80m. This block is mostly terra rossa soil, deep red clay-marl over clay, with limestone bedrock. Free, draining, high-pH soil. The Pinot clones consist of 667 and 115, and are on their own roots. This block is always the first to be harvested and consistently provides the most structure and tannin of the three sites, necessitating longer ageing in bottle to come into full balance. The vines grown in this parcel have the lowest vigour and therefore the most exposure to the sun. There is a big rock shelf in the middle of the block, whence it derives its name.
Variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Vineyard: Derwent Valley, single vineyard
Vineyard management: 100% certified biodynamic
Geology: Stony red clay over limestone and chalk
Cellaring: 12+ years
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.
|Region||Derwent Valley, TAS|
|Country of Origin||Australia|
Gary Walsh The Wine Front 96 points
It’s the length that defines this wine, and yes, there’s plenty of that. Dark cherry, spice, subtle earthiness, flowers, and perhaps it’s subliminal, but crushed rock is a big part of the style. It has a Barbaresco character, though it’s identifiably Pinot Noir, though I offer that comment because the structure of it is top shelf, and serious. Raspberry and red cherry, freshness and energy, with an intensity and aforementioned length that’s second to none. Superb.
Ned Goodwin Halliday Wine Magazine 2020 97 points
This is the diplomat of this triumvirate and damn, holy it is. Mid-weight, crunchy and melding the red berry sass of the Ruscello plot with the herbal spine of the Il Giardino and its whole-cluster drive. This is infinitely long, etched with tannin, extract and sex appeal. Refined. Gorgeous. Length pushes the score. These single-plot Pinots are among the finest of the country, demanding serious attention.
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