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Marco Lubiana

Wine Reviews

From two family (Lubiana) vineyards comes this pinot. Making waves, is Marco. A sappy and snappy pinot noir, crisp and bright, red cherry fruited with some pickled cherry elements, faint clove, some smoky paprika, mint, pleasing bitter amaro characters with flavours and scents matching well. Sits at just shy of medium weight, a potency here no doubt, the spice trail lingering and puckering in the palate, flighty tannins shaping things nicely to a fine chew through the finish. It’s a moody pinot noir, one for fireside and cooler places, which has its worth, and for drinkers of the variety there’s depth and complexity in spades. Nicely done. 2022 Pinot Noir. -Mike Bennie

Younger gen Lubiana doing his thing. An attractive array of wines have been released under this label, made at the Lubiana home base. Great!It’s a rich and round chardonnay with a swathe of grapefruity acidity cutting through green melon, green apple, nougat notes and sweet spice. Lots of flavour, lots of character, some palate staining sweetness and more spice, a slick finish that rolls on with light, briny elements. Feels serious, feels deep and potent, yet has good vitality too. Power and grace hand in hand. 2022 Chardonnay. -Mike Bennie

Huon and Derwent fruit sources. Huon, de-stemmed. Derwent, whole-bunch. Orange rind, smoky marjoram, kirsch and bay leaf. An intriguing meld of herb-doused tannins, meshed with generous plummy fruit and blue pastilles, not dissimilar in mid-weight or drinkability to a good cru Beaujolais from a warmer year. A delicious wine for the earlier term. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold. 2022 Pinot Noir. - Ned Goodwin MW

A flinty reduction on the nose is assuaged by the softening hints of malolactic on the layered palate. Acacia, hibiscus, orange rind, a fleck of ginger and nectarine splayed long. This really is a lovely mid-weighted wine of considerable extract, verve and a winning tension, worth putting away for five years to a decade. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drinkable now, but best from 2026. 2022 Chardonnay. - Ned Goodwin MW