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2017 Quealy Tussie Mussie Pinot Gris

2017 Quealy Tussie Mussie Pinot Gris

With 96 points, this is the highest scoring Australian Pinot Gris from Huon Hooke in over 10 years, who said it was: 'A heady, exotic style of gris... which takes me straight to Alsace.'

We couldn't agree more. It's about as good as you will ever get for Australian Pinot Gris. Benchmark.

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Mornington Peninsula
2017
750ml
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Mornington Peninsula
2017
750ml
THE BRIEF
  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • Going back 10 years almost, through nearly 900 different Pinot Gris and Grigio's produced and reviewed in Australia, and we cannot find a single wine that has bettered the 96 Points Huon Hooke bestowed on this magical wine from Quealy .

    In fact, all I can see is just one lone wolf Gris with 96 points at all... this very same 2017 Tussie Mussie Pinot Gris. Sourceds from a dry-grown vineyard in Merricks North, this Alsatian style Gris is intensely aromatic and concentrated. Harvested on the riper side, its a veritable array of stonefruit, honeyed pears and cream and has the power and mouthfeel of a high quality Chardonnay.

    This is easily one of Australia's best Pinot Gris, and after tasting through a whole barrage of wines to find the best we could muster over the last six months, we think we are in safe hands with this Tussie Mussie.

  • Tussie Mussie is a vineyard located in Merricks North. The north-facing slope captures all the sunshine, with wines enriched by chalky red soils underfoot. This vineyard is 3.5 acres each of Mornington Peninsula's most impressive varieties - Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. It's a young vineyard that has benefited from all the decades of experience we have garnered. Close planting with simpatico rootstock allows us to run these vineyards without any irrigation, saving the water for Tussie Mussie gardens and wildlife.

    Fruit was hand-picked on March 23rd following a consistent, agreeable summer. The lion's share of free run juice fermented in stainless steel, with a small portion reserved for new French oak. Handpicked grapes over the first 2 weeks of March are whole bunch pressed and allowed to settle overnight.

    The juice is racked before ferment begins. Cultured yeast is used to negate the requirement for any sulphur juice additions as well as ensuring the fermentation is successful. The wine is stirred on lees until bottling in September 2015. Tussie Mussie Pinot Gris is left with a small residual of sugar (2.6 grams per litre) that balances the alcohol and the acid. The aroma of ripe orchard fruits is thus followed with the gentlest suggestion of sweetness. Tussie Mussie Pinot Gris is filtered to ensure stability and allows the wine to be cellared for 5 years.

    Richness and warmth are evident in the aroma and mouth feel. Honey, heavy bottomed pears, and spiced quince. The palate has an attractive mineral backbone from the volcanic soils (Flinders Volcano 40-48 million years ago), showing textured phenolics from the slow press cycle, creamy and generous

    WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?


    The vineyards' joyful moniker, suggestive of its former existence as a rose & herb farm, is expressed by this hedonistic Pinot Gris. Inviting floral aromas exude the glass, swiftly accompanied by lemon peel and honeysuckle. Beautiful, ripe flavours of nectarine and a hint of spice guide the palate to a luxurious, lingering finish.

  • To say they are the forebears and pioneers of the variety and style in Australia is doing a disservice to the legacy that Kathleen Quealy and her partner in crime (and husband) Kevin McCarthy have bestowed. They practically lead the Pinot Gris revolution in Australia, with their T'Gallant labelled wines kick-starting a love affair with the grape and style that hasn't seemed to have abated. Chasing the non-traditional, and unconventional, with an incredible array of wines and exciting, new-wave labels challenging the status quo in the region, Quealy & McCarthy's T'Gallant winery fast became on the hit list of the big corporate owned empires looking to cash-in on the next big thing. After selling their winery to Southcorp/Treasury Wines and spending some extended time on gardening leave, winemaker Quealy has branched out again, this time with her very own, eponymously named operation. It's a real back to basics approach. Vineyard first, using predominantly dry-grown fruit, close-planting (ala Burgundy), minimal intervention and very low-yields. The quirky, off-kilter labels are still there, but this is nothing but serious wine.

  • 96 POINTS

    HUON HOOKE


    Ranked No. 1 of 874 Australian Pinot Gris reviewed in the last 10 years 'Light to medium yellow colour with a richly spicy, honeyed bouquet, which takes me straight to Alsace. Likewise, the palate is off-dry and rich, concentrated, full in the mouth and very satisfying. A heady, exotic style of gris - almost vendange tardive in style.'