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Clyde Park

www.clydepark.com.au

2490 Midland Highway, Bannockburn, 3331

Cellar Door: Mon - Fri 11-5; Weekends/pub hols (12-4)

Ph:(03) 5281 7274

The property was established in 1979 by Gary Farr with small plantings of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The site consists of undulating north-easterly slopes near the Moorabool River.

It has been sold several times but is now owned by Terry Jougebloed and Sue Jougebloed-Dixon. Further plantings have increased the holdings to thirty-five acres under vine. The existing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay were supplemented with Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris. The Pinot Noir consists of seven different clones originating from Switzerland, California, France and Australia.

The soil varies from silt/clay to sand loam with basalt over a limestone base. The plantings on the north-easterly slopes provide maximum exposure to sunlight, whilst the river flat area offers warmth and wind protection.

The funky Reserve Chardonnay and expressive sour cherry Reserve Pinot Noir are now starting to get really interesting as the vines reach full maturity. The real interest at the top end are the single block releases (Pinot, Shiraz and Chardonnay). The budget range is the Locale label.

The wines are made by Terry Jongebloed and Scott Gerrard

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

New reviews

Clyde Park Single Vineyard Block D Pinot Noir 2015

Purchased: Not ($75)

Drink: 2028

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2016, powerful and long core of fruit. partial whole bunch and concentrated black cherry and raspberry with musky spices, anise and forest floor/ †herbal complexity and a touch of menthol, graphite minerality, firm and stalky citric acidity and toasty oak spice, chalky tannins (*****)

Clyde Park D Block Pinot Noir 2014

Purchased: Not ($75)

Drink: †2027

(GXY) Tasting:: Dec 2015, †40% whole bunch ferment, powerful but fully varietal expression showing gamy and foresty black cherry and plum with herbal game, anise and and dark earth notes, some glycerol plumpiness on the mid-palate, vibrant stemmy orange peel nuanced acidity, integrated chalky tannins (*****)

Clyde Park College Block E Pinot Noir 2014

Purchased: Not ($75)

Drink: †2024

(GXY) Tasting:: Dec 2015, †deceptively elegant but has the structure to be a long cellaring wine, foresty strawberry, black and red cherries with herbal game and mint notes, minerally with exceptional length, slinky fine tannins and whole bunch savouriness (*****)

Clyde Park Block F College Block Pinot Noir 2013

Purchased: Not ($60)

Drink: 2021

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2014, from the original 1988 block, MV6 clone, 40% whole bunch, fragrant, plush and powerful cranberry and black cherry with anise, sage and violet notes, foresty and medium-full bodied with slinky fine savoury tannins and integrated spicy coffee/clove oak, there is stemmy complexity underlying the ripe fruit flavours (*****)

Clyde Park Pinot Gris 2013

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2014, quite aromatic, rich creamy barrel fermented style showing poached pear, red apple and lychee with ginger and musky spices and a touch of nougat, fresh lemony acids cut throgh the richness, chalky phenoics on the flinty finish (****)

Clyde Park D Single Block Pinot Noir 2012

Purchased: Not ($75)

Drink: 2021+

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2013, MV6 clone, vines planted in 1998 on a steep south facing slope of the Mooroobool Valley, 30% whole bunch ferment, attractively perfumed and opulent style showing black cherries and plum with strawberry nuances and violet florals, supple, long and focussed palate underpinned with dark earth minerality and emerging foresty characters, there some herbal and orange peel nuanced sappy acidity, lingering chalky tannins (*****)

Clyde Park B2 Single Block Pinot Noir 2012

Purchased: Not ($75)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2013, F6V7 clone, slightly less concentrated but has a similar flavour profile as the D Block showing quite aromatic and supple black cherry and plum with violet florals and peppery spices, long and earthy with some forest floor aspects beginning to emerge, the major point of divergence is its savoury meat aspects, persistent dusty tannins and vibrant acidity (****1/2)

Clyde Park Estate Pinot Noir 2012

Purchased: Not ($37)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2013, Trophy for Best Regional Pinot Noir at 2013 Ballarat Wine Show, 7 clones, some whole bunch ferment, perfumed and foresty showing glazed cherry and plum with flashes of cranberry, plumpish and medium-full bodied with a disconcerting soapy chamomile aspect at the moment which is why Iím marking this down, fine open knit tannins and a touch of nutmeg/vanilla oak (one third new) (***1/2)

Clyde Park Rose 2012

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2013, Pinot Noir derived, pale salmon orange blush, viscous and fairly dry although there is a sliver of residual sugar,† fresh strawberry and cream style with some garden herb and pomegranate notes, good length with crisp acidity and delicate phenolics, well balanced (***1/2)

Clyde Park Geelong Pinot Gris 2012

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2012, Bronze Medal at Geelong Wine Show 2012, in a fuller, creamy style showing nashi pear, apple and tropical fruits with musky spices, ginger and some jasmine florals, crisp chalky lemon acids, balanced, good length and will develop over next couple more years (****)

Clyde Park Reserve Pinot Noir 2010

Purchased: Not ($59)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2012, Bronze Medal at Geelong Wine Show 2012, firmish and powerful glazed cherry, dark plum and blackcurrant with violet, anise and dried herb notes, foresty and rather earthy, medium-full bodied with fresh citrusy acidity and good length, touch extractive to me but will appeal to those who like the bigger style of Pinot (****)

Clyde Park Reserve Chardonnay 2011

Purchased: Not ($59)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2012, barrel fermented and some natural malo, rather sweet and rich entry showing lemon butter, honey dew melon, some leesy complexity and a hint of ginger, creamy with toasty cinnamon/vanilla oak with a smoky bacon nuance, for me the acid isnít strong enough to balance the sweetness (***)

Clyde Park Pinot Noir 2009

Purchased: Not ($37)

Drink:2015

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, rich core of ripe cranberry, plum and strawberry fruit with autumn leaf and mint notes, medium bodied with a plump mid-palate and very fine tannins and vibrant stemmy acidity, savoury finish alongside the spicy cinnamon/vanilla oak (****)

Clyde Park Rose 2010

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, this a Pinot rose, pale salmon orange blush, silky, fairly dry, in a strawberry and creamy style with dried herb and savoury notes, very good length and seamlessly integrated with acid, nicely balanced (****)

Clyde Park Locale Pinot Grigio 2011

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, crisp and straightforward yellow peach, melon and apple with some barrel ferment creaminess, light spice and lemony acids, fine chalky phenolics on the finish (***)

Clyde Park Reserve Pinot Noir 2008

Purchased: Not ($49)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2010, medium-full bodied sour cherry, plum and mint with underlying earthiness, a bit more extractive and expressive than the standard with forest floor complexity and a backbone of stemmy acids, long silky tannins with charry and spicy oak (****)

Clyde Park Pinot Noir 2008

Purchased: Not ($37)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2010, spicy and medium-full bodied sour cherry and plum with a touch of mint and earthy beetroot, fresh stemmy acids, charry mocha/cinnamon oak inputs (***1/2)

Clyde Park Reserve Chardonnay 2009

Purchased: Not ($49)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2010, funky nose with the palate showing a similar nectarine/melon/ fig profile as the standard but has more focus and more pronounced wheatmeal lees notes, piercing grapefruit acidity with spicy grilled nut oak (****)

Clyde Park Chardonnay 2009

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2010, perfumed nectarine, melon and peach with nutmeg and fig nuances, some creamy yeast lees, zesty grapefruit acids, abundant flavours and phenolic texture although the oak seems a bit raw and disjointed at the moment, hopefully it will settle down (***1/2)

Clyde Park Locale Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: April 2010, ripe black cherry and blackberry with liquorice and toasty brown spices, medium bodied with some glycerolly plumpness on the entry, creamy chocolate-cedar oak with grainy tannins and vibrant acids (***1/2)

Clyde Park Locale Pinot Noir 2008

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: April 2010, bright and briary entry style, silky, spicy plum and redcurrant with a rather broad and glycerolly palate, fairly overt coffee-cedar oak (***)

Clyde Park Locale Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: April 2010, clean and restrained style with some barrel ferment texture, melon, cut grass and passionfruit infused with fine minerality, a balanced spicy green capsicum and asparagus finish (***)

Clyde Park Chardonnay 2006

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, delicate melon, fig and stonefruit, fairly complex barrel ferment texture with a touch of honeysuckle and cashew, attractive minerally base, toasty oak, good acid balance (****)

Clyde Park Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, black cherry and plum with hints of liquorice, cloves and herbs, glyercrol smoothness, medium-full bodied, fine tannins with balanced French and American oaking, bringing coffee-cedar aspects to the finish (***1/2)

Clyde Park Reserve Pinot Noir 2006

Purchased: Not ($49)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, vibrant plum and black cherry, tangy with modest spice and some forest floor, chocolate-cedar-coffee oak (***1/2)

Clyde Park Pinot Noir 2006

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, clear plum and black cherry, quite tangy and spice and some forest floor, touch of chocolate with the cedar-coffee oak (***1/2)

Clyde Park Pinot Gris 2007

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, pear, green apple and melon with a touch of musk and honeysuckle, soft barrel ferment texture, crisp minerally/ lemon citrus finish (***1/2)

Clyde Park Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, soft lime, cut grass and tropical fruit with a touch of snow pea and honeysuckle, dry finish (***)

Clyde Park Reserve Chardonnay 2005

Purchased: Not ($41)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2007, smoky bacon, smooth, grapefruit and melon, buttery palate is well balanced, assertive toasty vanilla oak with a touch of smokiness but not over the top, crisp minerally finish (****)

Clyde Park Chardonnay 2005

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2007, smoky bacon, grapefruit and melon, buttery palate, subtle toasty vanilla oak, crisp minerally finish (***1/2)

Clyde Park Pinot Gris 2006

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, 15% oaked, good varietal expression of spicy pear and green apple flavours, almond and honeysuckle features on tangy palate, good line and balanced minerally citric finish (****)

Clyde Park Sauvignon Blanc 2006

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, pale straw colour, delicate grapefruit and passionfruit with some mid-palate gooseberry, minerally palate is overwhelmed by sharp acid finish, needs to either crank up the fruit or soften the acid (**1/2)

Clyde Park Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2006, juicy black cherry and plum, hints of liquorice, cloves and herbs, supported by light French and American oaking, smooth tannins, good example of the lighter, herbal Shirazes of the region (****)

Clyde Park Pinot Noir 2004

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2006, sweet red currant and plum, bright fruit and long finish but not much complexity (***1/2)

Clyde Park Chardonnay 2004

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2006

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2006, lychee and stone fruit flavours, smooth, buttery palate, subtle toasty vanilla oak (***)