Pinot Gris Grigio Eden Barossa South Australia
Thorn-Clarke are one of Barossa's largest and most highly awarded wine growers. Their Mount Crawford Vineyard, high up in Valley Eden, holds five hectares of choice Grey Pinot vines. Fruit grown here translates into a generously proportioned wine with outstanding varietal character. The Sandpiper label is becoming ever more popular as people discover the fresh and balanced nature of pure Grigio wines. Served alongside crustacea and the freshest seafood, Sandpiper will satisfy all enthusiasts of contemporary styled gourmandise.
Mount Crawford was specially selected as an acquisition by Thorn-Clark for it's idyllic growing conditions. The north facing aspect provides much needed warmth in spring through to autumn. Tough mountain soils make the vines work hard to achieve excellent flavour and acid levels. Fruit is crushed, destemmed and treated to the actions of a membrane press. Pressings are discarded and the pure free run juices are inoculated. Ferments are kept slow and cool at 12C to 15C, retaining all the complex varietal characters. Following vinification, the wine is racked and filtered before an early bottling to capture and retain the true expression of Pinot Grigio and the terroir whence it comes. Alcohol 12.5%
Mid straw colour. The nose is lifted with lots of herbal notes, strawberries and pear. The palate is medium to full bodied with dried apples and citrus fruit, rich, complex and mouthfilling with ample flavour and fine structure, finishing with splendid length, elegance and poise. An engaging and aromatic gourmande's wine.