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Limbic Vineyard

295 Morrison Rd, Upper Pakenham, 3810

Cellar Door: By appointment, long term plans for a regular cellar door

Ph: (03) 9699 6700

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The cool climate Limbic vineyard was established in 1997 and is located on the Cardinia Hills in the Dandenong Ranges.

The vineyard is operated by Michael and Jennifer Pullar with minimal chemical inputs and has recently converted to full biodynamic practices. The vineyard has grown to a modest size of 6.2 ha.

 

The 2003 Chardonnay, 2003 Pinot Noir and a much praised 2004 Sauvignon Blanc were the first commercial releases. Since then there has been considerable experimentation with their Sauvignon Blanc style.

Limbic is a physiological term for the neural pathways that link smell, taste and emotion.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

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

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

Limbic Pinot Noir 2009

Purchased: Not ( $30)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, canít see any sign of smoke taint from the Yarra/Gippsland bushfires, earthy and foresty black cherry and plum with a touch of mint, medium bodied with a savoury finish supported with nutmeg/cedar oak, fine powdery tannins (***1/2)

Limbic Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2011, 5% barrel ferment, perfumed and clean passionfruit, cut grass and lychee with some creaminess on the mid-palate, spicy and infused with vibrant chalky lemon acids, tangy orange rind on the lingering finish (****)

Limbic Chardonnay 2008

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2011, austere but fully ripe nectarine, lime and grapefruit with some lees creaminess on the mid-palate, given drive and shape by a minerally spine with well integrated and balanced spicy vanilla-cashew oak (****)

Limbic Pinot Noir 2009

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2011, smoky nose but less overt on palate (not smoke taint from the massive Yarra/Gippland bushfires as the prevailing winds were not blowing from the fires), ripe but light-medium bodied black cherry and strawberry with some game and spice notes, good length with very fine tannins and charry oak (***1/2)

Limbic Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, a bright and well structured wine with some barrel ferment inputs, melon, guava and passionfruit with light grassiness, backbone of chalky grapefruit acidity with tangy orange rind coming to fore on the finish (****)

Limbic Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Taste: Dec 2008, interesting but restrained style that contrasts with the intensity of previous releases, pink grapefruit, cut grass, lychee and lime, barrel ferment texture underpinned with powdery lemon acids (****)

Limbic Chardonnay 2006

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Taste: Dec 2008, bright melon, pear and nectarine with a touch of pineapple, some buttery malo and hazelnut lees aspects, grapefruit acidity on the chalky finish, assertive toasty oak (***1/2)

Limbic Pinot Noir 2006

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Taste: Dec 2008, medium-full bodied black cherry, plum and raspberry, fruit seems a bit sturdy and hard-edged but there is some attractive forest floor features, subtle lightly charred French oak, chassis of powdery tannins (***1/2)

Limbic Sauvignon Blanc 2006

Purchased: From stall at Federation Square showcase ($24)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Taste: April 2007, complex lime, lemon and passionfruit flavours, slides into intense gooseberry, blackcurrant and capsicum, zesty herbal acid finish (****1/2)

Limbic Sauvignon Blanc 2005

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Taste: April 2007, 5% barrel ferment, gooseberry and passionfruit, not as intense as the 2004 but has more textural roundness with zesty orange blossom finish (****)

Limbic Chardonnay 2004

Purchased: Not ($36)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Taste: April 2007, tangy melon, grapefruit and nectarine with almond notes, buttery palate with cashew-vanilla oak, good mineral base (****)

Limbic Sauvignon Blanc 2004

Purchased: From stall at Federation Square showcase($23)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Taste: Feb 2006, very rich, lime, lemon and passionfruit flavours, slides into full on Marlborough-style gooseberry and capsicum, exceptionally long finish, rare to see both Australian and NZ styles in one wine, one Australia's best Sauvignon Blancs (****1/2)

Limbic Chardonnay 2003

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Taste: Feb 2006, rich lime, grapefruit and melon flavours, good acid balance, buttery and mouth filling palate, subtle vanilla oakng (****)

Limbic Pinot Noir 2004

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Taste: Feb 2006, nose shows red fruit and black cherries, palate also shows some spicy black plum, smooth transition to chocolate-vanilla oaking, subtle slightly dusty tannins (***1/2)