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2015 The Black Chook Pinot Grigio

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The Black Chook sounds like Australia’s answer to KFC but it is in fact a wine label brought to you by the Galvanised wine group based in McLaren Vale. The winemaking brains behind the operation is Ben Riggs, a man with an intimate knowledge of the region. This wine is made in the Italian mould with aromas of fresh apple pear and melon before a light and crisp palate of minerals and citrus. There’s some good texture as well as some clean acids. A really adaptable food wine that pairs well with Italian through to Asian.

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Winemaker's Comments

The fruit for this Pinot Grigio is from South Australia's premium cool climate grape growing region, the Adelaide Hills. the unequivocally cool climate and very old podzolic soils over a quartz base of low to moderate fertility make for ideal growing conditions, giving the Adelaide Hills an enviable and growing reputation for magnificent white grapes, like this classy Pinot Grigio. Due to the cool ripening periods during the spring of 2013, vintage 2014 has delivered exceptional quality and balance.


Picked in the cool of the evening, this ripe fruit was crushed early in the morning and separately handled to free run and pressings. Both batches were briefly settled, then racked with light solids for fermentation.


Slightly golden, pinkish hue.


With classic pear and sweet apple fruit, freshness, texture and crisp acidity, this is a wine beautifully suited to any occasion. Alc/Vol: 12.5%

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2015 The Black Chook Pinot Grigio

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WINESTATE (2012 Vintage) says
Winestate Special Edition
WINESTATE (2011 Vintage) says
Light, gold wine with pungently sweet aromas and a crisp and crunchy palate. "Excellent example of a grigio," said one judge.
WINESTATE Volume 34 - Special Edition
WINESTATE (2010 Vintage) says
Typical apple/pear-like aromas and a simple floral/pear palate showing lovely balance and texture.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011)
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
Bright and lively, with plenty of fresh pear and apple fruit, yeasty esters and some citrus too - very much in the grigio style. The palate's crisp, light and punchy, with tart apple/pear flavour - no more, no less.
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