Pinot Gris Grigio Murray Valley New South Wales
The Murphys were among the first settlers to establish vineyards around Mildura. The family moved to Trentham Cliffs in 1960 and re-developed a site which was part of a larger sheep station, irrigated by the nearby Murray River. The first vintages were destined for fortified wines, as was the market demand of the time. Blocks were later planted to Pinot Gris, which performed brilliantly in the rich red loam over limestone soils. A crisp and fresh table wine, just lovely alongside garlic recipes or everyone's favourite chicken caesar.
Pinot Gris is a mutation of Pinot Noir, the grapes ripen mid season with pink to light purple coloured berries. In Italy it generally makes lighter and finer wines. Trentham Estate is one of the region's leading growers, producing some of the Mallee's most noteworthy, flagship wines. The operation husbands vines of various age, with the oldest being planted in 1952. Grapes are harvested throughout the cool of early morning, crushed, chilled and gently pressed. After settling, the clarified juices are cold fermented until dry. The young wine is allowed to to settle before stabilisation, clarification and bottling. La Famiglia has been minimally handled to highlight the natural expression of Pinot Gris.
Pale yellow hue. Pretty, savoury and aromatic, attacks with plenty of crisp, crunchy fruit, perfumed with talcy overtones, nuttyness, minerality and pear. A full palate of clean characters in a dry captivating style, supported by stone fruit flavours and layered with mineral acidity. Great with or without food, but do try it with antipasto!