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In 2015 Lerida Estate tasked Sydney design agency Denomination with updating all our packaging to bring it in line with both the quality of the vineyard and wines, as well as the contemporary nature of the winery.
At the 2016 Harpers Wine & Spirits Design Awards in London, not only did our new designs pick up a Silver Medal in the Best Wine Category, but Denomination was awarded Best Wine Trophy, Best Sparkling Trophy and Best Soft Drink Trophy for their designs.
Denomination, with offices in both Sydney & London, was also awarded Design Agency of the Year award after receiving the most number of Gold, Silver or Bronze awards.
Harpers Wine & Spirit has been the must-read publication for the UK wine and spirits trade for the past 135 years, with their Design Awards recognising recently launched, redesigned or well established designs within the industry.
I do hope you love the new labels like we do!
PS I know some of you still really like the old labels - but in the wine industry - you do need to refresh your labels every so often to keep up with industry trends and new consumers.
Monica Tindall (an Australian expat) from The Yum List is the 'most sought after food and hotel critic in Malaysa' and 'Malaysia's top food and travel blogger'. She has done a great review of Lerida Estate's wines and our Truffle Menu at Cafe Lerida.
Huon Hooke recently tasted 59 NSW 2013 and 2014 Pinot Noirs, and Lerida Estate Pinot Noirs were ranked 1st, 2nd, 4th and 8th in those tastings.
The Lerida Estate Pinot Noir wines were as follows:
Jim is over the moon! He selected the site at Lake George to produce great Pinot Noir - and it looks like he chose the site well. And thanks to Malcolm Burdett our winemaker who used his considerable skills to create such beautiful wines.
Great news received today: our 2015 Shiraz Viognier has been awarded a Gold Medal at the 2016 Melbourne International Wine Show.
This is a pretty tough show. 800 wines are submitted from around the world. This wine show is the first major international wine competition with TRADE ONLY judges comprised of buyers from the top retail stores, sommeliers, restaurant owners, hotel beverage directors, distributors and importers.
This gold medal follows a string of gold medals and trophies for our previous Shiraz Viognier wines. The current vintage, the 2014 vintage, has been awarded 2 trophies and 6 gold medals. We have very limited quantities of this wine and so are unable to put this wine on tasting at the cellar door. You will need to purchase this wine on reputation only!
Our 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé was award a Silver Medal. Not bad for a humble Rosé!
The Lerida Estate 2013 Shiraz Viognier has been awarded a trophy at the 2015 International Wine Challenge (IWC) in London. The trophy follows the Gold medal that the wine was awarded last week at the same show. The wine is now a contender for the Champion Trophy which will be presented at the lavish IWC Awards Dinner in London on Thursday 16 July 2015. The trophy winning wine has been described by the judges as a 'benchmark wine'.
The IWC is accepted as the world's finest and most meticulously judged wine competition. Every wine is assessed blind and judged for its faithfulness to style, region and vintage. Throughout the rigorous judging process, each medal-winning wine is tasted on three separate occasions by at least 10 different judges.
The IWC trophy for this wine comes on top of the Gold medal and Chair of Judges trophy the wine won at the 2014 Dan Murphy's National Wine Show (Australia's premier wine show) in November 2014. This discretionary award is for what the Chair of Judges (in 2014, Jim Chatto) considers to be 'an exceptional wine'.
The owner of Lerida Estate Jim Lumbers today described the wine's success as 'a win not only for Lerida Estate, but for the Canberra District wine region. What an international trophy confirms is that Canberra District fruit and its winemakers can make world-class wines. The trophy enhances the district's already stellar reputation for making great wines.'
According to Anne Caine, co-owner of Lerida Estate, 'While the Canberra District is known for Shiraz made from grapes grown in Murrumbateman, it is now clear that fruit grown on the slopes of the Cullerin Range overlooking Lake George can make not only make great Pinot Noir (Lerida Estate's predominant variety) - but in warmer years like 2008, 2009 and 2013, also great Shiraz. Interestingly, Lerida Estate's 2009 Shiraz Viognier also won a trophy at the 2012 IWC.'
This wine is available at the Lerida Estate Cellar Door.
We were very surprised to receive a tweet a week or so ago from Jancis Robinson in London (yes – THE Jancis Robinson!). We have reproduced the tweet below:
Jancis Robinson @JancisRobinson - "Much enjoying @Lerida_Estate Josephine Pinot Noir 2010, but have no idea how it came to be in my in-tray. Delighted anyway."
We don’t know where Jancis got this wine from either. We didn’t send it to her – not because we aren’t proud of it, but because she would get thousands of wines each year to review and we aren’t really famous enough to be noticed. I guess this means we are a bit famous!
The 2010 ‘Josephine’ Pinot Noir is drinking beautifully at the moment. Why not visit us at the cellar door over the Christmas/New Year break and try the wine yourself.
Lerida Estate has helped the Canberra District enhance its already stellar reputation by winning the 2014 National Wine Show’s Chair of Judges Award for its 2013 Lake George Shiraz Viognier.
The National Wine Show is a unique “show of shows’ permitting only entries from wines already awarded Gold and Silver medals from major wine shows. The Chair of Judges Award is a discretionary award and is made in respect of a wine that the Chair of Judges – this year Jim Chatto - considers to be exceptional
Small, but producing wines of exceptional quality, the Canberra District is home to 12 James Halliday 5- star wineries - at 40% of the wine producers - a higher proportion than any other wine region in NSW.
Malcolm Burdett, Lerida Estate’s winemaker, has shaped a reputation within the industry as one of the most accomplished Shiraz makers in the country. His decision to link his future to Lerida Estate in 2005 was influenced by his recognition of the potential of the high, cool Lake George site.
Following the award presentation, owner Jim Lumbers said “Thankfully 2013, like 2008 and 2009, was slightly warmer than average at Lake George, and, proving the truth of the French saying, ‘Greatness is found on the boundary of the possible’, allowed us to make an exceptional wine.”.
Jim thanked show judges who over the years have encouraged the evolution of cool-climate wine styles like Shiraz Viognier from the Canberra District. An enthusiastic supporter of the show system as a way to encourage producers to compare and develop their production techniques, he said:
“Were it not for the encouragement offered by its success in shows, it is possible that we would have given up on Shiraz at Lake George given the sometimes very cool, difficult vintages, on top of the usual hazards of late summer rain and hail.”
The 2013 Lerida Estate Shiraz Viognier will be released in mid-2015.
Results from Canberra & Region Wine Show were released 24th September. Lerida Estate won 11 medals across our range of wines including Top Gold for our 2013 Botrytis Pinot Gris and Silver Medals for the 2013 Chardonnay, the 2013 Shiraz and the 2009 Brut Rosé (our pale pink methode champenoise wine).
The Gold Medal for the Botrytis Pinot Gris bring the total number of awards for the 6 vintages of this style of wine we have made to 43 (first vintage in 2007), including 3 Trophies and 11 Gold medals.
According to James Halliday, 'Pinot Gris made thus is a rare beast' (2013 Companion, p 391).
Our current vintage Pinot Noir wines also did very well winning 4 medals.
Lerida Estate is one of 4 wineries that has been invited to showcase its range of wines as part of a weekend of truffle and wine events at Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort on the weekend of 18/19/20 July. Antonio Carluccio will be the guest of honour for the weekend and will be doing cooking demonstrations using Canberra region truffles.
Antonio Carluccio is a much loved and respected chef, writer, restaurateur and food expert and has written 20 books covering topics from mushrooms, pasta to Italian cooking. He has also been featured on Australian and British television on various cooking and food shows. He is famed for his television series of his travels around Italy `Two Greedy Italians' with close friend and fellow chef, Gennaro Contaldo.
During the month of July Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa will be celebrating all things truffle. Antonio Carluccio will team up with the resort's chefs to design menus inspired by Wolgan Valley's food philosophy of locally sourced ingredients. Both the truffles and the wines will be from the Canberra region.
Lerida Estate's 2012 Botrytis Pinot Gris has also been added to the Resort's wine list.
This event is one of the events organised as part of the Canberra Region Truffle Festival. Antonio Carlucci is this year's Patron of the Truffle Festival.
LERIDA ESTATE and prominent local French restaurant ARDÈCHE have teamed up with a group of local friends swimming under the name the ‘HAS BEENS’ to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis Australia ACT/NSW/VIC (MSA). The money will be raised via the sale of a Lerida Estate 6-pack of wines. The fund-raising 6-pack will be launched by Senator Zed Seselja, Senator for the Australian Capital Territory (if he is able to be released from his Parliamentary duties) at ARDECHE Restaurant on Thursday 12 December at 10.30am.
Every year Lerida Estate calls on its trusty band of enthusiastic social pickers to help with small parcels of grapes that have to be harvested - or picking the Botrytis Pinot Gris which takes considerable expertise. The group below are some of our more experienced social pickers, and as you can see - experienced social drinkers as well!
The harvest is now over for this year and it has been a pretty fantastic year - so look out for the 2013 vintage wines when they are released.
And when you are drinking the 2013 Botrytis Pinot Gris - you now know who picked the grapes.
As Jim's giant pumpkins continue to grow, they are attracting a lot of female attention - from both small and not so small girls.
Little Zoe was quite taken with this giant pumpkin, and despite being slightly in awe of the size, was very happy to get close up and personal with this whopper.
Not-so little Olivia was also taken with the giant pumpkins, but decided that she was more excited by the twin giant pumpkins a little further up the hill!
Matteo Barbacci commenced work at Lerida Estate on Monday 11 February as our assistant winemaker for the 2013 vintage.
Matteo comes from Chianti (about 20 kms from Florence) and has been working in the family wine and olive oil business in Chianti for a number of years, and most recently has been working as a vineyard manager with another Chianti vineyard/winery. He is also a volunteer fire fighter in the Florence Fire Department (very useful experience for an Australian summer!).
Matteo will be with us for approximately 3 months. We are very much looking forward to having the benefit of his experience in what is looking at this point like a great vintage.
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We were delighted to receive a Silver Medal for this wine at the recent National Wine Show of Australia. The National Wine Show is Australia's premier national show for wine. The purpose of the Show is to judge and promote the best of the best Australian wines. Wines must qualify through Australian regional and capital city wine shows to enter the show.
This win recognises the 'Josephine' Pinot Noir as one of the best Pinot Noir wines in Australia. As you can imagine- Jim is over the moon!
Lerida Estate received notification today that its 2008 Brut Rosé - a champagne method wine made from 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay from grapes grown at Lerida Estate's Lake George vineyard, has been awarded 95 points (a Gold Medal) in a tasting conducted by Australian Wine Showcase Magazine - a magazine created as a guide primarily for trade buyers interested in Australian wine. This follows the wine being listed by Nick Stock in his 2012 Good Wine Guide as one of Australia's top sparkling wines.
Apart from receiving these accolades, last year the wine was chosen to launch the first of the Navy's Canberra Class ships at the Navantia shipyard at Ferrol in Spain last year. The Canberra Class ships are the largest ships that the Navy has ever owned. This wine was chosen by the Australian Navy because it was a beautiful wine from the Canberra District, and because the name Lerida Estate has a Spanish derivation. The name 'Lerida' was first given to the Lake George region by the Scottish-born explorer and surveyor of South East Australia, Major Thomas Mitchell who had travelled in Spain. In 1827, Mitchell took up the position of Surveyor-General of New South Wales, and in this position, he travelled to the Lake George region. He named a creek a few miles north-west of Lake George 'Lerida Creek' because it reminded him of Lerida in Spain. Subsequently, another explorer, Hamilton Hume, called his first property on the creek 'Lerida' which then gave its name to the Parish. Lerida Estate picked up the name 'Lerida' from these local landmarks.
Lerida Estate has been awarded the Top Gold and a Trophy at the 2012 ActewAGL Canberra Regional Wine Show, and also "Best in Class" at the NSW Small Winemakers Wine Show, for its 2012 Lerida Estate Pinot Grigio. Read more here...
We learned today (July 25th) that Lerida Estate has retained its Halliday 5-star rating for the third year in a row. Top performers were the 2009 Shiraz Viognier and the 2011 Botrytis Pinot Gris, followed by the 2010 Chardonnay and the 2011 Pinot Grigio. All these wines (other than the 2011 Botrytis Pinot Gris) are on tasting at the Cellar Door (the 2009 Shiraz Viognier only on the weekends).
Malcolm Burdett, Lerida Estate winemaker, attended 'A Taste of Gold' at Lord's Cricket Ground in London to showcase the Lerida Estate 2009 Shiraz Viognier on 20 June. This event showcases the Gold medal winning wines awarded during the competition.
This is also the first opportunity for consumers and for the trade to taste the wines that have been awarded Regional and National Trophies by International Wine Challenge judges.
The venue was Lords Nursery Pavilion, which is recognised as one of the foremost wine tasting venues in London. IWC judges from the International Wine Challenge were there, including IWC co-chairmen Tim Atkin MW, Oz Clarke, Sam Harrop MW, Peter McCombie MW, Charles Metcalfe and Derek Smedley MW.
Pictured at right are our winemaker, Malcolm Burdett with Oz Clarke.
Lerida Estate was delighted to be invited to supply wine for a dinner at Luke Mangan's glass Brasserie in the Hilton Hotel in May 2012. What a superb venue!
The dinner was designed to showcase dishes from the menu at Luke's stylish new Singapore venture Salt Tapas & Bar. Dishes on the night included Moroccan Steak Tartare, seared Tasmanian trout with clams, and baby chicken with salsa verde served with pear, blue cheese & rocket salad. These dishes were paired with 6 Lerida Estate wines.
The dinner was attended by 200 people. Jim and Anne caught up with Luke Mangan just before the dinner.
Our Lerida Estate 2009 Shiraz Viognier received the "Canberra Syrah Trophy" at the recent International Wine Challenge!
The Lerida Estate 2009 Shiraz Viognier was launched on the 25 May, by the Deputy Chief Minister of the ACT, Mr Andrew Barr at the Hyatt Hotel in Canberra.
Wine producers across the Canberra region are harvesting early in a bid to salvage some of this year's grapes. Click here to view...
As if to compensate for the vintage-threatening rain, nature has provided the best crop of chestnuts we have seen. They are bigger, sweeter and more bounteous than we can remember.
Our variety of chestnut is called Bournette. It was bred in France and selected and imported to Australia by Jim Lumbers, co-proprietor of Lerida Estate, 24 years ago when he was working there. Its special characteristic is that it is extremely easy to peel and very sweet. The bitter inner skin, which in most chestnuts clings tightly to the kernel, making preparation an infernal chore, just falls away from Bournette nuts.
"Having seen these in Brive in central France, I vowed never attempt to prepare another variety", says Jim, a chestnut lover. "This is why I went to the bother of importing them myself".
The few Lerida Estate's chestnuts, which are surplus to domestic requirements, are selling briskly in the Fyshwick market.
Lerida's row of chestnuts are growing along the Old Federal Highway in front of our Pinot Noir vineyard.
Lerida Estate had a great day last Friday 25 November. Not only did the Lerida Estate 2009 Shiraz Viognier receive the top Gold medal at the National Wine Show in the Shiraz Viognier class (which included the top Shiraz Viognier's from around Australia that had won gold at other significant wine shows), but also the top point score for any table wine at the show. We have not released this wine yet but expect to release it in a few weeks.
Also on Friday Lerida Estate won the award for the best 'Tourism Winery'in the Canberra & Capital Region Tourism Awards. This is a great achievement as the Canberra & Capital Region Award process is a very rigorous one because the finalists in all the different categories from the region go through to the Qantas National Tourism Awards selection process in Cairns next March where we will all be up against the top tourism operators in Australia. Thanks to Sue our Office Manager and Tilly Higenbotham (a University of Canberra student studying Tourism) for all their work on the Submission.
Lerida Estate wines performed brilliantly at the 2011 Canberra District Regional Wine Show. Results were announced on Friday 16 September. Winning Lerida Estate wines were as follows:
Some of these wines are now in our reserve stock and some are not released. Wines with an asterix are currently available at the Cellar Door and online.
The 2010 Shiraz was released on the weekend of 24/25 September because we have sold out of our 2009 Shiraz which had a 94 rating from James Halliday.
Also released on that weekend was a new style of red wine that we have made for the first time this year - our 'LGB' (stands for 'Lake George Blend'). The wine is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz and a little Viognier. The wine will sell for $19.50. We have done a few tastings of this wine and the reports coming back are all good!
Jim's tasting notes for the wine are as follows:
The Lake George Blend is a bit naughty, but also very nice. It is crafted to an ancient French recipe used in cooler years when the classic Bordeaux varieties, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, failed to ripen fully. In a practice banned under the Appellation Controllée rules, winemakers would source warm southern Shiraz and even a little white Viognier to flesh out their tight tannic wine. This is what we did in 2010, a cool year for Lake George (it is not illegal here!). The wine is very light in style, but with a luscious, almost cheeky fruitiness with red berries, plums and the elegant long Merlot tannin. Drink it with all red meat dishes, and Pizza and Pasta.. Enjoy it now and for the next 3-5 years.
For more on French wine creativity, Google “Bordeaux scandal” or go to http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,945112,00.html
I don't know if you are a regular buyer of this stylish publication - but whether you are or not, I would recommend you obtain a copy of the April/May 2011 edition if you want to learn more about how well Canberra District wines are going at the moment. Go to pp 106-113 and see what Nick Stock has to say about the district. Perhaps his view can be summarised in one of the lines in the article: 'These folks are punching above their weight'.
At the end of the article Nick recommends wines you should purchase from the leading wineries in the district when you visit their cellar doors. He recommends the Lerida Estate 2008 ‘Cullerin’ Pinot Noir from our range of wines. This is probably because it is drinking superbly at the moment. Why don’t you come and taste it yourself?
There have been a number of other publications which have featured the Canberra District wines recently including Australian Liquor News and Delicious magazine. It’s about time more people discovered some of the great wines coming out of the district.
If you have not seen the article you can also read it online, click here...
A sparkling wine from Lerida Estate at Lake George in the Canberra District wine region was chosen as the wine to launch the first of the Navy’s Canberra Class ships at the Navantia shipyard at Ferrol in Spain yesterday (17 February 2011).
The Canberra Class ships are the largest ships that the Navy has ever owned. Each of the ships will be able to transport 1000 troops with their vehicles, along with 12 helicopters. The ship is designed for combat as well as humanitarian roles.
The Lerida Estate 2008 Brut Rosé was chosen by the Australian Navy because it was a beautiful wine from the Canberra District, and because the name Lerida Estate has a Spanish derivation.
The name ‘Lerida’ was first given to the Lake George region by the Scottish-born explorer and surveyor of South East Australia, Major Thomas Mitchell who had travelled in Spain. In 1827, Mitchell took up the position of Surveyor-General of New South Wales, and in this position, he travelled to the Lake George region. He named a creek a few miles north-west of Lake George ‘Lerida Creek’ because it reminded him of Lerida in Spain. Subsequently, another explorer, Hamilton Hume, called his first property on the creek ‘Lerida’ which then gave its name to the Parish. Lerida Estate picked up the name ‘Lerida’ from these local landmarks.
Keep in mind if you are fond of our wines, that purchasing them through our wine club - Club Lerida - is the cheapest way to buy our wines because we offer significant savings. Commitment is only a 6-pack of wines twice a year (or one bottle a month!). Call us at the office or visit the cellar door to get details.