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2020 ON POINT PINOT GRIGIO

Our Pinot Grigio is named in honour of our two granddaughters; Bronte and Charli, in acknowledgement of their passion for and excellence in ballet and dancing. It’s a play on the French ballet term en-pointe; to stand on one's toes in full extension - no easy feat - and something both girls do with grace and elegance.

Our 2020 vintage has gifted us with aromas dancing with blossoms and pears. Lime zest and soft, mouth-filling tropical flavours are chased by delicious apple, melon, and delicate spice. Complementary cleansing acidity ensures the most refreshing drinking pleasure possible.

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After back to back sell-out successes for all four consecutive releases of our Pinot Grigio our 2020 vintage has again captured all those wonderful bunch-fresh aromas and flavours for you.

Pinot Grigio is a bit of a rarity in Eden Valley, however we are able to lead the way, using our vineyard knowledge and imagination when creating our own Australian style. Purity of our Pinot Grigio can be best expressed when we move our precious fruit swiftly from vineyard, to fermentation, to bottle. 

Our 2020 vintage has gifted us with aromas dancing with blossoms and pears. Lime zest and soft, mouth-filling tropical flavours are chased by delicious apple, melon, and delicate spice. Complementary cleansing acidity ensures the most refreshing drinking pleasure possible.

The Difference Between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigo

Both wines are made from the same Pinot Gris grape (gris being French for grey, the colour of the Pinot Gris grape). The difference between the two wines comes in the winemaking technique. The Italian style Pinot Grigio wines are typically lighter-bodied, crisp, fresh, with vibrant stone fruit and floral aromas and a touch of spice. In contrast, the French Pinot Gris style wines are more full-bodied, slightly richer, spicier, and more viscous in texture. We make ours in the Italian Grigio style, purely because that’s the way we prefer it.

Our 2020 Vintage Summary

As quoted by Barossa Wine “Barossa’s 2020 wines will again be sought out early by fans and collectors, with yields tracking below the 10-year average due to temperamental spring weather, and a hot, dry summer.” Our whole region’s reduced yield is partly due to some interrupted flowering in spring, thanks to some very cold nights and strong winds, followed by extremely hot, dry summer conditions. As in previous years, we focussed our attentions on maintaining soil moisture and irrigating before these heatwaves and we fared alright through the hot conditions. In some areas of Eden Valley, vineyards were down 70-80% (mainly due to lack of water) and in a few cases some vineyards were not even picked at all.

Despite being down 45% on our own normal production levels, our quality is brilliant. Winemakers are touting this as another high-quality Barossa vintage. And we’ve had one of the best starts to a new vintage (2021) for many years, with good rains through April and early May – things are looking good and all we need is some follow up rain with good run off to refill the dams a little. The weather experts are saying we’re in for a better than average winter with good rains for this part of Australia.

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