Awards & Reviews

5 Stars and 1 of 10 ‘Dark Horse’ awards – 2017 Halliday Wine Companion

Every year wineries around Australia eagerly await the release of the annual “Halliday Wine Companion”, an encyclopaedic reference of all of the wines of Australia compiled by pre-eminent wine writer James Halliday.

Respected wine critic, James Halliday is a leading authority on every aspect of the Australian wine industry. Tasting over 9,000 wines James Halliday has delivered his pronouncements of the best in the land in the latest edition of the Halliday Wine Companion.

This year we were awarded  5 star rating as an “outstanding winery capable of producing wines of a very high quality”, and one of only 10 “Dark Horse” awards. The Halliday Wine Companion identifies 10 “Dark Horses” each year; wineries that may not yet be well known, but are identified by James as having a bright future.

 

 

Current Vintages


 

2015 Myrtle Point Pinot Noir.

“MV6 clone picked over 2 weeks, 20% of the total crush was whole bunches, but individual batches ranged from zero to 75%, the batches using wild and cultured yeast, after fermentation pressed direct to French oak (15% new). An elegant mid-weight pinot, primarily with red fruits providing the flavour, supported by fine-grained tannins and integrated oak. It’s clear the Gippsland Lakes enjoyed the same ideal conditions as those regions further west in Vic.”  95 Points.  2017 Halliday Wine Companion.

2014 Myrtle Point Shiraz

Destemmed into open fermenters, cold-soaked for 3 days, 4 days post-fermentation maceration, pressed to French oak (15% new) for maturation. Bright, full colour; a seriously impressive cool-grown medium-bodied shiraz rippling with glistening black and red fruits, a rainbow of spice, pepper and licorice, ripe but fine tannins and a whisper of French oak. Has an unlimited drinking span. 95 Points.  2017 Halliday Wine Companion.

2015 Myrtle Point Chardonnay.

“Pale mid-straw; citrus, spice and white peach are in play with a background of complexity derived from barrel fermentation and partial mlf. The palate is beautifully poised with driving mineral acids and layers of texture and flavour. It is powerful, long and impressive.” 95 Points. 2017 Halliday Wine Companion.

“From the Gippsland Lakes district, this wine blew me away. Firstly, it smells great. Peaches, green melon, white flower petals and stuck match minerality are layered, complex and seamless. Smooth and tasty, there’s a mineral-laced line of acid that adds elegance and focus to the weight and intensity of the flavours”. 95 Points.  Ben Thomas, June 2016, The Weekly Review.

 Gippsland, for want of a more specific term, is such a terrific place to grow cool climate varieties… it’s a lovely Chardonnay. It lights up the glass and then lingers through the finish.  Pear, lemon grass, steel, white peach and toast.  Woodspice notes too.  A touch of lactose.  It bounces various flavours around in your mouth before racing away with the spoon.  It will get better again with another year or so in the bottle”. 92+ Points.  Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front May 2106.

 2013 Myrtle Point Merlot

Bright colour; as merlots go, this has some appeal with its mix of cassis, plum and black olive; indeed, it’s one of those wines that sneaks up on you, insisting its length should be praised, its French oak and fine tannins likewise. The pity is only 75 dozen made.  94 Points, James Halliday.

  2013 Myrtle Point Cab Sauv.

Good colour; there’s no shortage of flavour of character here; the only question is whether the bay leaf, dried herb and black olive undergrowth is too obvious for the blackcurrant fruit. Having thought about it, I give a cautious no to the question, the final answer being 5 years down the track. The points are intended to be neutral.  90 Points.  James Halliday.

Previous Vintages


Lightfoot & Sons Winery
4.5 Stars – James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2016.

Lightfoot & Sons Winery
4.5 Stars – James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2015.

Lightfoot & Sons Winery
4.5 Stars – James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2014.

Lightfoot & Sons Winery
4.5 Stars – James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2013.

 

Most Successful Exhibitor – Gippsland Wine Show 2013.

 

2014 Myrtle Point Rose

Made from estate grapes picked over 4 days, crushed to press for short skin contact, then cool-fermented, two different yeasts used. Pale, bright puce; an expressive spice and red berry bouquet, then a lively palate that finishes with an unexpected, but enjoyable, flash of lemony acidity. 93 Points.  James Halliday.

2013 SINGLE BLOCK Pinot Noir.

“The yield of the MV6 clone pinot was only 2.6 tonnes per ha. The colour is deep, the bouquet redolent of cherry and soused plum fruit, French oak somewhere in the mix; the intense, layered palate provides more of the same, with a supplementary message: allow time for the wine to relax. Full of potential. 146 dozen made. 94 Points.” James Halliday, July 2015.

2013 SINGLE BLOCK Chardonnay.

“This wine comes from a block within a single vineyard planted to the Dijon clone 96; wild yeast-fermented and matured in French oak, only 100 dozen made. It is a beautiful wine, full of the delicious white peach fruit, tempered by citrussy acidity, that this clone gives; the oak handling has been perfectly judged. 96 Points” James Halliday.

Excellent concentration of flavour. No lack of style. Green melon, white peach, a wealth of seductive/creamy oak, and a bit of dazzle dazzle to the finish. Gorgeous. 95 Points” Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.

2013 Myrtle Point Pinot Noir.

GOLD MEDAL (95 Points) – 2014 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards

SILVER MEDAL (92 Points) – 2014 Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show

“20% whole bunches. Carbonic maceration techniques employed. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. It’s a delicious pinot noir, fine and savoury and yet cuddly with dark, stewy fruit. Impeccably well balanced, satiny and sure through the finish, with a burst of foresty perfume/flavour as you swallow. 93 Points. winecompanion.com  3/12/2014

“Whole bunches.  Carbonic maceration.  15% new French Oak (quality coopers too: Siruge, Bousset, St Martin).  Unfined.  Unfiltered.

Satiny mouthfeel. Complex enough without being in-your-face about it.  Seems generally savoury but carries a burst of ripe/sweet fruit.  Cherries, stewed and fresh, foresty notes, spice and fennel.  Beautiful balance and drinkability.  Fine and dry to close”. 93 Points.  Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front 20/10/2014.

2012 Myrtle Point Pinot Noir.
94 Points – James Halliday.   ” Good colour; astute winemaking has employed parcels of wild yeast and whole bunch fermentation, married with conventional fermentation, has worked well to invest the wine with considerable complexity; black cherry, red cherry and plum fruit is interwoven with balanced French oak, and sufficient tannins for longevity”.

 92+ Points.  The Wine Front.  “This release hits the mark. It’s a bit sordid and cloudy but that’s part of the appeal. Cherries, rhuburb, undergrowth, bright tangy (elevated) acidity and twiggy spice through the finish. Impeccably well structured, complex and interesting. Very attractively priced.” 

Silver Medal Winner – 2013 Gippsland Wine Show

2013 Myrtle Point Rose

Gold Medal Winner – 2013 Gippsland Wine Show

96 Points- Gippsland Wine Show

2012 Myrtle Point Chardonnay

Bronze Medal Winner – 201s Gippsland Wine Show

2011 Myrtle Point Shiraz
Bronze Medal Winner – 2012 Gippsland Wine Show

Bronze Medal Winner – 2012 Royal Hobart Wine Show
Bronze Medal Winner – 2012 Royal Melbourne Wine Show.
2010 Myrtle Point Cabernet Sauvignon
Silver Medal Winner – 2011 Gippsland Wine Show
“Good colour; the fruit has ripened to precisely the right point, giving the wine an extra level of blackcurrant fruit on the fragrant bouquet and palate; touches of dried herb join the ripe tannins on the long finish.” 92 Points, James Halliday – Wine Companion 2013

2011 Myrtle Point Pinot Noir. 94 Points – James Halliday  Wine Companion 2014

Silver Medal Winner – 2012 Gippsland Wine Show

2011 Myrtle Point Chardonnay 93 Points – James Halliday  Wine Companion 2014

Silver Medal Winner – 2012 Gippsland Wine Show

2010 Myrtle Point Pinot Noir
“Excellent clear crimson-purple; a fragrant red berry bouquet leads into a pure palate, red cherry to the fore, with a long, silky finish; pure pinot noir. Unlucky not to win more than a silver medal at the Gippsland Wine Show ’11.”93 Points James Halliday – Wine Companion 2013

Silver Medal Winner – 2011 Gippsland Wine Show
Bronze Medal Winner – 2011 Boutique Wine Show

2010 Myrtle Point Shiraz
Gold Medal Winner – 2011 Gippsland Wine Show
Silver Medal Winner – 2011 Royal Hobart Wine Show
Bronze Medal Winner – 2011 Victorian Wine Show
Bronze Medal Winner – 2011 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
91 Points – James Halliday – Wine Companion 2013

2010 Myrtle Point Chardonnay
“Bright straw-green; super-juicy white peach, grapefruit and nectarine flavours have subtle, integrated oak from the barrel fermentation and subsequent lees contact. Has a come-hither stance that is hard to resist.” 90 Points, James Halliday – Wine Companion 2013

Silver Medal Winner – 2011 Victorian Wine Show
Bronze Medal Winner – 2011 Boutique Wine Show
Bronze Medal Winner – 2011 Royal Hobart Wine Show

2010 Calulu Road Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon

Silver Medal Winner – 2011 Gippsland Wine Show

2012 Myrtle Point Rosé
Silver Medal Winner – 2012 Gippsland Wine Show

2007 Vintage Sparkling
“Extended time on tirage has given the wine complexity, but without in any way flattening the quite delicate fruit flavours. The dosage has been sensibly restrained, giving the wine a fresh, bright finish.” 92 Points, James Halliday, Wine Companion 2013

2009 Myrtle Point Pinot Noir.
“Sweetly ripe, red- and dark-cherry aromas, clean and fragrant. It’s fruit driven and quite chunky, with liberal acidity and a full, weighty palate. It has ample, enduring, smooth tannins. A serious full-bodied pinot” 92 Points, Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller Wine. April/May 2011.

Bronze Medal Winner – 2010 Gippsland Wine Show

“It’s from a Gippsland vineyard first planted in 1995 – though vines this release came from were mostly planted in 1997. All MV6 pinot noir clone. It saw 20 percent new French oak and was bottled unfined and unfiltered. As an aside, it’s good to see a new pinot noir player priced appropriately.It’s a pretty pinot, and a serious one. It’s strong with tannin and dark, cherry-plummed fruit flavour though its spicy edges keep the impression firmly on the savoury side. Length is excellent. Complexity, as a young wine, is better than average. Some may baulk at the level of tannin but given time to soften, I don’t see this as being an issue; indeed the opposite. Impressive offering” 92+ Points, Campbell Mattinson The Wine Front.

2008 Myrtle Point Chardonnay

“Bright green-straw; a particularly attractive wine, marrying nutty/cashew barrel ferment characters with elegant nectarine and white peach fruit, citrus-tinged acidity to close” 94 Points, James Halliday – Wine Companion 2011

2009 Myrtle Point Shiraz
Bronze Medal Winner – 2010 Gippsland Wine Show
90 Points James Halliday – Wine Companion 2012

2009 Myrtle Point Cabernet Sauvignon
90 Points James Halliday – Wine Companion 2011

2006 Myrtle Point Shiraz
Bronze Medal Winner – 2008 Gippsland Wine Show

2005 Myrtle Point Shiraz
Silver Medal Winner – 2007 Gippsland Wine Show

2004 Myrtle Point Shiraz
Trophy for Best Red Wine in Show – 2006 Gippsland Wine Show
Trophy for Best Shiraz in Show – 2006 Gippsland Wine Show
Gold Medal Winner – 2006 Gippsland Wine Show