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Irvine Wines Pinot Gris

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

Although the Irvine name is synonymous with Merlot, Jim Irvine has a soft spot for Pinot Gris or as he refers to it, “A red drinkers white.” He grows it in tiny quantities in the Eden Valley and has forged a style that’s akin to the wines of Alsace. It’s made as a food wine with no oak and lower acidity so as to match a wide array of dishes, it drinks as a great aperitif style too. It smells and tastes like ripe pear and has a superb texture without being oily. Wonderful fruit expression on the palate that finishes clean.

Winemaker's Notes

Characteristics – here we look for softness, fullness, richness rather than crispness. Somewhat like the green Packham pear when fully ripe. So much fruit in the taste without sugar, and deep unctuous flavour, leaving the palate clean and rewarded.

Very much a food wine with the lower acidity and no oak to cut across the complexity of any particular dish. As an aperitif Eden Crest Pinot Gris is very satisfying – again the depth of flavour – its soft rewarding flowing nature plays a major role.

Pinot Gris will age well when made in this style as it has all the necessary components of higher alcohol and soft tannins (the soft pressings are added back) to assist this.

The colour may have the slightest tinge of pink when first released but this soon turns to gold. Remember it is a pink – light red skinned grape, so don’t be surprised if these is a “blush”.

Very much the Alsace style with power and deep flavour of ripe pear.

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Irvine Wines Pinot Gris

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
No reduction; powerful structure and weight, but its difficult to say much about the flavour.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
89
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Soft peach and pear fruit; has flavour, the dry finish needing a touch more acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
86

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