A blend of 88% Pinot Gris with Gewürztraminer, Riesling and Pinot Blanc filling things out. Good friends to have. It’s mostly Upper Yarra Valley fruit. Eight weeks on lees and partial fermentation in oak. At this year’s Yarra Valley Wine Program Oakridge’s Dave Bicknell spoke about the Yarra Valley getting over its addiction to acid and embracing phenolics. This is a superb example of how beneficial that can be.
The flavours mesh well but I don’t really want to talk about them much. Nashi pear, red apple, ginger, citrus etc. What captivates me are the finessed phenolics that mark the finish and the soft acidity which leads to the gentle textural caress at the heart of the wine. There’s still form, especially as a result of the slightly crunchy back-palate grip. A touch of nutty savouriness throughout doesn’t harm proceedings one jot either. Simply a lovely and sophisticated white blend. 92
Region: Yarra Valley
Tasted: October 2013