Pinot Gris Grigio Geelong Victoria
The higher altitudes of Adelaide and balmy aspects of Bellarine are the pre-eminent Australian microclimes for growing Pinot Grigio. Components from good vineyards have been assembled around a core of estate grown Scotchmans Hill fruit to achieve the consummate Italianate varietal wine in refreshing, new world styling. An intense expression of pear, guava and citrus, fleshy with a mineral backbone. It displays zesty pear and citrus characters, offers great intensity and varietal complexity before lingering on a clean flavoursome finish.
Scotchmans Hill grows suitable grape varieties in appropriate mesoclimates around the more salubrious viticultural districts of Victoria. The estate's wineworks at Geelong boasts an extensive temperature controlled 8000 cubic metre barrel storage room with 900 one to three year old French barriques, Alliers and Nevers, Troncais and Vosges. Great emphasis is placed on the delicate vinification and elevage processes required for complex and balanced wines. Pinot Grigio is sourced from specialised vineyards, trained to yield harvests of exceptional quality Pinot Grigio. The majority of parcels are treated to a closed tank ferment, the balance is vinified in French oak barriques.
Mid straw colour. Lifted nose of nashi pear and honeysuckle, leading to a bath salt perfume and background of ripe fruits. Full and ripe palate with nashi and stonefruits, a mid palate richness with bath salts and honey characters at the finish. The wine is supported by firm acid, a mineral backbone, and has a long, lingering aftertaste.