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2018 Lethbridge Between Five Bells Pinot Noir

2018 Lethbridge Between Five Bells Pinot Noir

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13.0%
Cellar to 2025
Screw Cap
Henty
2018
750ml
13.0%
Cellar to 2025
Screw Cap
Henty
2018
750ml
  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • THE BRIEF
  • Between Five Bells is the brainchild of Lethbridge winemaker Ray Nadeson, wine merchant David Fesq and Sydney based Sommelier Josh Dunne. Focusing on low-intervention and terroir driven wines, the Between Five Bells partnership has been paying dividends for the trio going on ten years now, with the wines playing a starring role in the great wine bars and top-end restaurants of the country.

    In what can only be described as a coup for the winery and a coming of age for the team, the 2018 Between Five Bells Pinot Noir has just done the unthinable, topping the list of Australian Pinot's in English wine journal Decanter's look at the current state of play in Australian wine. With 98 points, and the top-billing by a whole two points, it has quite literally sent ripples through an industry on the other side of the planet.

    At $24 a bottle, using newly sourced wholebunch fruit from the Drumborg sub-region in Henty, it's nothing short of an astonishing effort for the crew. Names like Giaconda, By Farr Hoddle's Creek, Stonier, Gembrook Hill, Oakridge, Kooyong, Yabby Lake & Garagiste were all sampled in the same blind-tasting, and yet the Between Five Bells came out, quite clearly, on top.

    In the many years of doing My Wine Guy, finding a 98 point Pinot Noir for anything less than $50 a bottle has always been like opening Pandora's box. So finding one for under $25, well that just doesn't happen. This is going to be big. Back up the truck big. Deal of the year big.

    Watch it fly.

  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • Now sourced from the wonderful Jack & Lois Doeven in Drumborg, Henty. 100% Mariafeld clone lends itself to the carbonic maceration offering bright cherries, intense perfume and ultimate drinkability.

  • WHO MADE IT?
  • Made at the Lethbridge winery, Between 5 Bells is the brainchild of David Fesq, the 6th generation of a wine family with their origins as Negocients in Bordeaux. His ancestor Georges Fesq came over in 1848 intending only to sell his wares en-route to Sydney and then return to France having spread the seed of the First Growths of Bordeaux. 160+ years later, David has taken the family into a new genre of wine with his 5 Bells wines. The driving ideology of wine is neither of place or varietal. Rather unique wines of Australian origin that are simply delicious to drink.

  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • 98 POINTS

    ROGER JONES - DECANTER


    Very fine delicate perfumed nose, on the palate a superb berry explosion with restraint. Some savoury tannins at the end.

    98 POINTS

    JUSTIN KNOCK MW - DECANTER


    A hint of Vegemite, blue fruits, extremly creamy and fresh, really great length and power. More of a whole berry style but terrific length. Very good wine.

    98 POINTS

    DECANTER


    Lethbridge Wines was formed as a partnership between three research scientists, Ray Nadeson, Maree Collis and Adrian Thomas, who join their scientific knowledge with a passion for great wine. An exciting collaboration between Lethbridge's Ray Nadeson, wine merchant David Fesq and top Sydney sommelier Josh Dunne, Between Five Bells combines their varied backgrounds to create highly enjoyable wines. Whole Pinot Noir bunches from cool-climate Henty undergo carbonic maceration in stainless steel tanks to maintain the pure varietal fruit character, before undergoing six months of oak ageing. Deep, dark ruby, seductive loganberry fruit nose. Dark berry and plum fruit on the palate, which is opulently fruity and supported by firm extracted tannins, a savoury quality and crisp acidity in an overall finely balanced package. Great ageing potential.

    ACCOLADES


    Decanter Magazine - November Issue 2019
    'Australian Pinot Noir Panel Tasting'
    98 Points - Exceptional