Lerida Estate have 9.6 acres of pinot noir in the Canberra District. I think of Canberra as shiraz viognier territory and, for whites, riesling and grüner veltliner. The reality is, as with many of Australia’s wine regions, a number of grape varieties are given their chance. As a case in point, this producer produces several pinot noirs, and has planted half their estate to it.
Lerida Estate Cullerin Pinot Noir 2014, Canberra District
The “Cullerin” is the better of the two wines. From the steeper slopes, it has aromatics that remind of stem and leaf, with cherries in the background. The palate has cherry, vanilla, butter and lactic characters which require some integration; resolving in this case into a gentle expression of pinot noir. Rating: Acceptable to Good
Lerida Estate Lake George Pinot Noir 2014, Canberra District
The “Lake George” has muted aromatics of blood and bone, earth and glacé cherries. The palate is quiet in expression. Rating: Acceptable