Pinot Gris Grigio King Valley Victoria
The major force behind the vigor of Chrismont wines are the healthy soils, extended growing seasons and slow ripening climes of the vineyards, which are positioned optimally at the heart of spectacular King Valley. With climates and landscape so similar to those of Piemonte, Tuscany and Alsace, the King Valley's long summer days enable Pinot Grigio to achieve complete flavour ripeness, infusing La Zona with the richness of baked apple flavours, citrus perfumes and warming marzipan characters. To accompany light game, pasta or desserts with a fresh fruit orientation.
In the days when wine production was rapidly expanding and tobacco was in decline, contracts were offered to grow grapes. The first blocks of Chrismont were transformed from tobacco to grape vine in the 1980s. As a mutation of the deep purple Pinot Noir and the greenish yellow Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigio runs a spectrum of fruit characters that vary according to terroir and clime. Fruit is vinified in chilled fermenters to maintain varietal freshness, upon completion and following a term of repose for clarification, components are assembled along with a small percentage of reserve wine for added complexity and extra interest.
Straw hues, copper highlights. The nose carries lifted aromas of pawpaw and white peach with an underlying layer of spiced custard and cream. Ripe pear and melon are predominant with subtleties of quince and cooked apple. A luscious rounded front palate with flavours of quince, custard apple and toasted almond, acid is firm and structured before a dry and lasting finish.