Tim Adams has a firm belief in Pinot Gris thriving in the Clare Valley so much that he’s planting more of the stuff, but try this wine and you’ll see why his vision is not deluded. An attractive pink colour that is so often a distinctive nuance of the grape gives way to vivid aromas of pear and peach and fullness on the palate. Clean acidity neatly ties up this package but this is a wine of infinite balance as it juggles acids, alcohol and sweetness perfectly. Try it with some simple seafood or a haloumi salad.
Description: Rather than removing the naturally occurring colour from our Pinot Gris, as a true expression of varietal character we choose to retain it in this wine. The resultant slight rose-gold hue matches the equally rich and robust fruit characters on the palate, demonstrating what has been a fruit-rich vintage. The 2017 Pinot Gris displays opulent pear, lychee and peach flavours complemented by subtle citrus zest, fullness with fruit sweetness in the middle palate and cleansing acidity. A great food-wine; enjoy while it is young and vibrant, with Asian cuisine, seafood and salads. There certainly is no mistaking the variety in the bottle; this vintage is a classic example of our chosen style!
Growing Conditions: The 2017 growing season was extremely wet, with some flooding in the Clare Valley in late September. However, the wet winter and cool spring provided the region with plenty of sub-surface moisture which in turn has resulted in excellent quality and high yields. Vintage started on Monday 27th February, 3 weeks later than 2016, but the same day as vintage 1975, “back to the old original harvest time”, Tim said.
Food Pairing: A great food-wine; enjoy while it is young and vibrant, with Asian cuisine, seafood and salads.