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Tricia Byrnes and Kevin Bell first planted vines at their Balnarring property in 1998 with the sole intention of creating three single vineyard pinot noirs. Their philosophy centers around respect of the environment as they see their most important role is viticulture. Their wines are from three separate vineyards with slightly different aspects that are planted with different clones of pinot noir. All their wines spend 18 months in oak (new) and a further 12 months in bottle prior to release.

North facing. It is 3.5 acres and puts its whole face to the warmest sun. The vines are of the Burgundian clones 114, 115 and 777, as well as MV6. Lodestone is magnetite, an iron mineral abundant in our vineyards, and also “a thing that is a focus of attention or attraction” (OED). This name keeps us focused on the soil.

Lodestone is the 1.2ha north-sloping estate vineyard planted with clones 114, 115, 777 and MV6; vinified in the same way as Hommage and Garamond. Light, bright colour; the multi-clone composition seems to invest this wine with greater depth and complexity, starting with a distinct fragrance of violets before bringing into play the plush dark fruits and gently savoury/earthy finish. For me, a delicious wine. Drink by: 2023; Price: $70.00; Date Tasted: March 2014; Alcohol:  14.6%; Rating: 95 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion


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