In 2018 both the Pinot Gris blocks were harvested on March 5. The free run component was fermented in stainless steel, whilst the pressings component was fermented in old French oak barriques. Post fermentation the parcels were re-united and the tank was lees stirred for three months prior to stabilisation and bottling.
On release this Eden Valley Pinot Gris is pale in colour. The wine has bright aromas of pear, fig and citrus. The wine has a underlying spicy character. It has lashings of lemon juice characters throughout. More subtle characters of dried herbs and jasmine flowers add to the complexity of the wine. The wine is well structured with soft lively acid carrying through-out the palate and giving the wine long persistence.
Mountadam was first setup in 1972 by the late David Wynn, a pioneer of the wine industry an founder of Wynns Coonawarra Estate. Wynn made the winery famous on the back of superb cool climate wines, supported by his son Adam (who the winery is named after). Adam held onto the winery until 2002 when it was sold to luxury goods business LVMH. The winery returned to family hands again in 2006 when it was purchased by South Australian farmer and accountant David Brown and his wife Jenni. In late 2015 the Browns acquired the second High Eden vineyard established by Wynn. The two vineyards are dissected by High Eden road. The Brown family are keen to continue Wynn's vision to produce wines of elegance and structure. A focus on sustainable low input viticulture will guarentee the success of the vineyards into the future. From 2015, Helen McCarthy has steered the ship as Chief Winemaker.
NED GOODWIN - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Superlative gris in the context of Australia, playing off the estate's highly skilled hand when it comes to eking out textural complexity and interplay of freshness, flavour and chew. The usual stream of apple and pear sparks curiosity more because of the phenolic grip and savoury aura, finishing with a hint of marzipan. More Alsatian than domestic. All for the better.