Lodestone, because of its terroir and geographic location, is naturally suited to the production of wines which favour a cool climate environment. Accordingly, the main plantings on the estate are of sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and pinot noir. We have also introduced semillon to add variety and depth to our sauvignon blanc wines.
Our pinot noir plantings have been expanded to include two Rhone- style clones suitable for still wine, rather than bubbly, production.
Our product range comprises sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and a dry rosé. We supplemented this range by introducing an externally sourced red blend, which we called The Jimdog ( named for our beloved Border terrier, Jimmy), which is a blend of shiraz, malbec and cabernet sauvignon. We have done this as an interim measure whilst we wait for our still pinot noir to come on stream in 2017.
We have just launched an initial release our first bubbly, a brut rosé, which we have called Stonechat, named for the small bird which presides over the vineyards in which the grapes for our MCC are grown. We are most excited about this bubbly – it is showing real promise. We intend to hold back half our production and to keep it on the lees for a further 12 months. Our intention is ultimately to leave all our MCC’s on the lees for a minimum 24 months before release.
Our other new release is a white Bordeaux blend made from sauvignon blanc and a barrel-fermented semillon. It displays a rounder character to the sauvignon blancs of the region and will appeal to those seeking a softer mouthfeel.
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