Pinot Gris Grigio King Valley Victoria
De Bortoli established their Bellariva vineyard at King River near the base of Victoria's snowfields in 1994. Planted to some of the more exotic Italianate grapes, it is the source of Pinot Grigio for a wine that's more about vitality and style. Finely polished, juicy and fragrantly aromatic, finely textured and dry, its soft stonefruit characters, lemon lime sherbet flavours and withheld acidity make Bella Riva an engaging, food friendly style which will appeal to all comers, above all it is delicious.
You'll find Pinot Grigio almost everywhere in Italy, from the tip of the Italian boot to the foot of the Swiss alps. It's no secret around the Mediterranean that Pinot Grigio makes the most satisfying dry white wines. In Australia, the varietal is highly suited to the elevated aspects of King Valley. The Bellariva property is planted to sandstone soils covered by shale deposits which have been washed down over time by the river. Harvests of Pinot Grigio are whole bunch pressed and crushed to provide a range of phenolics for complexity and texture. Juices are treated to vinification in a mix of chilled fermenters and seasoned French oak casks. Lees are stirred regularly until completion and the final assemblage. Alcohol 12.0%
Light straw colour with green hues. Complex bouquet, fresh and fruit filled, slightly nutty nose, pear fruit characters. A clean, balanced and textural palate, offering ample complexity of fruit, citrus and stonefruits, honeyed apple and pears, a refined but highly appealing style. Match with frutti di mare or the ever popular chicken caesar.