When it comes to Californian Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Littorai is a star. In fact I’ll go one further … it’s a legend. Littorai’s founder, owner and winemaker, Ted Lemon, has a winemaking pedigree that stretches from Central Otago, through Burgundy (a host of great domains including a stint as Head Winemaker and Vineyard Manager at Domaine Guy Roulot) to California’s Napa and Sonoma.
Littorai belongs to Ted and his wife Heidi: it’s a postcard for biodynamic practices and the notion of single-vineyard production. The Littorai range stretches across seven vineyards from Sonoma Coast and five from Anderson Valley; mostly producing Pinot Noirs, but including a small but very significant parcel of two Chardonnays. The wines aren’t attempting Burgundy: they are emphatically proud of their origins. But there is Burgundian philosophy in their DNA – textural, savoury, long-lived and wielding significant tannin.
Ted came to Brisbane earlier this year for a one-night-stand, hosting a small dinner for Craft and bunch of pinot-loving folk. He was showing his quite spectacular 2014 single vineyards.
The wines are finally due to arrive over the next couple of weeks: they are extremely limited. Available while stocks last …
Littoral Charles Heinz Chardonnay
Littoral Thierot Chardonnay
Littoral Cerise Pinot Noir
Littoral Haven Pinot Noir
Littoral May’s Canyon Pinot Noir
Littoral Savoy Vineyard Pinot Noir