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2016 Lethbridge Pinot Gris

2016 Lethbridge Pinot Gris

What a terrific pinot gris with its pale copper hue, crunchy fresh, and poached, pears flecked with powdered ginger, vanilla and cardamom. Loads of creamy texture and lemon curd but sprightly acidity keeps it buoyant given the complexity and depth of flavour.
95 points - James Halliday's Wine Companion

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DESCRIPTION
  • There are few tales as impressive as that of Lethbridge Wines. Ray Nadeson and Maree Collis were both successful medical researchers before succumbing to their desire to create a vineyard and winery in Geelong. They planted vines on their own rootstocks, built a straw-bale winery and house, and farmed the land according to biodynamic beliefs. Their wines are powerful, structured, pure and long-lived.

    Made in a complex, Alsatian style, this wine exhibits an attractive blend of delicate pear, blossom and citrus aromas that are complimented by honey, almond and funky toast on the palate. The wine is well balanced, showing depth of flavour and good palate weight with a silky texture. 

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    This wine is made from handpicked Pinot Gris fruit. The fruit was whole bunch pressed using an airbag press with careful oxidative juice handling. Juice was then transferred French barrels without prior clarification, where fermentation by indigenous yeast took place on full solids. The wine was settled and matured in older, large-volume barrels on gross lees prior to blending and bottling.

    Alcohol - 13.5%

  • REVIEWS

    'Medium copper colour, very gris. The bouquet is fragrant and lifted with lots of spice and talcum powder, and some nutty barrel-derived complexity. The wine is light and fresh in the mouth, zesty with good acidity and fruit intensity, lively and firm, dry and savoury but also has plenty of fruit. The finish and aftertaste are clean and refreshing, balanced and long. Excellent wine.'
    95 Points - Huon Hooke


    'What a terrific pinot gris with its pale copper hue, crunchy fresh, and poached, pears flecked with powdered ginger, vanilla and cardamom. Loads of creamy texture and lemon curd but sprightly acidity keeps it buoyant given the complexity and depth of flavour.'
    95 Points - James Halliday


    'The barest pink tinge. High level of aroma. Honeysuckle, spice and lychee, almost into rosewater. This sets the cat among the pigeons. The palate is a swirl of flavour, faithful to the nose, with juicy pear and woodsmoke added to the fray. It’s a white wine of body, perfume and impact. And yet it remains neat/contained.'
    92 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front