Dr. Ray Nadeson is a master craftsman of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in particular (although he makes a mean cool climate Shiraz!). His unique wines have led the way for many other natural winemakers to follow, with technique and precision leading his low-intervention philosophical approach.
'Menage a Noir' is Ray's 'entry-level' Pinot, and as far as Pinot Noir goes it's about as good value as it gets at this price. It's made from multiple parcels of fruit from various Geelong sub-regions and is designed to be simultaneously approachable and interesting.
This is the most user-friendly release of this wine in a number of years, the move toward more fruit-forward, bright and friendly style of Pinot Noir clearly doing wonders for the label. This is the perfect wine to get familiar with this standout Geelong producer.
Made in the Lethbridge style with a touch of whole bunch, open top fermented and elevaged in a mixture of stainless steel and 2nd and 3rd use barrels.
Bright cherry and subtle spice, the wine is a great introduction to the Lethbridge style.