This is a rich full bodied style of Pinot Gris with extended cellar and some oak maturation for added mouth-feel and texture. It’s a sophisticated and complex example.
- SA - Other South Australian
- South Australia
The appearance is brilliant mid straw with typical touch of copper
The bouquet has lifted aromas of poached pear, dried apricot and ripe banana with honeysuckle and vanilla spice.
The palate is full-bodied and viscous with a silky texture. The dominant flavours are pear and green apple with a background of lychee and banana. The back palate has a creamy cashew nut complexity leading to a smooth dry finish.
This is a rich, full white wine, its ideal with flavoursome dishes like whole baked trout, smoked salmon or fresh sliced ham off the bone. It can carry rich sauces and olive oil based salad dressings with leafy greens and crisp radish. Its best served lightly chilled but not too cold.
This wine has had extended maturation before bottling and is drinking superbly now. It is well balanced, smooth and complex and will retain this silky texture and flavour for another 2 -3 years.
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My first winemaking experience was harvesting grapes in the Barossa Valley during vintage 1981. Long hot days were spent hand picking bunches of sweet, sticky Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet, Grenache and a host of other nearly forgotten varieties. At the end of each day after the last bins were tipped into the crusher, we’d meet at the weighbridge with Peter Lehmann for a bottomless glass of robust Shiraz and an inspired conversation about the new wines and vintage developments.
After three decades my day still ends with a nice glass or two of Shiraz or maybe Chardonnay but a lot has changed over that time. From a humble cellar hand plunging skins in open concrete fermenters during the 1980’s, to debating the appropriate cooperage for Hunter Shiraz with Len Evans in the 1990’s to the corporate boardrooms of giant multinationals in the 2000’s, I’m now back to making wine as an independent negociant.
Based in the heart of McLaren Vale, I’m surrounded by wonderful old vineyards and dozens of modern wineries run by talented winemakers. The joy of being a negociant winemaker is the flexibility to be able to source grapes and make wine anywhere throughout Australia. The benefit is an unlimited resource of varieties, regions, styles and skills to craft individual batches of unique wines without constraints.
My goal is to create genuine, honest wines that showcase flavour, vitality and life. Good wine should be accessible to all and be enjoyed as part of a healthy, active lifestyle with fine food, close friends and plenty of fun. I have many favourites but I believe variety is the spice of life and I enjoy discovering new flavours and stretching the boundaries of traditional winemaking.
From an old favourite to something exotic, tantalizing and new, I hope you enjoy the journey through my selection of classic Australian wines.
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