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Pinot Grigio is the Italian name for the French variety Pinot Gris. The crisp Pinot Grigio style from Northern Italy is picked early to produce a fresh and racy wine with an underlying mineral backbone of acidity.

The SANTA & D’SAS Pinot Grigio has been made to reflect the Italian expression of this grape variety. The nose offers up an abundance of fresh Nashi pear, melon and ginger root. The palate displays flavours of yellow pear, green apple and fresh almonds with subtle spice and quince notes. A bright acid backbone supports the excellent fruit weight and intensity leading to a balanced finish that is crisp and clean.

The 2021 growing season will go down as a “unicorn” vintage with near-perfect growing and ripening conditions along with balanced crop loads. This has allowed us to make wines of varietal intensity, purity, balance and longevity.

Match of the vintage: Risotto Primavera.

The King Valley is one of Australia’s most exciting and emerging wine regions. Home to the most picturesque and unspoilt valley in Australia, King Valley benefits from a cool climate with extremely varied terrain, that ranges from snow-capped Alps to sun baked fields.

The fruit for the 2021 Pinot Grigio was picked in late February at 11.6° baumé. The grapes were picked in the early morning, pressed off skins into tank for fermentation with high solids to provide complexity and texture while still retaining fresh flavours. Once in tank, alcoholic fermentation with a high solids content at a constant 12°C was completed slowly over 4 weeks. This allowed retainment of fresh aromas and flavours while providing creamy texture and mouthfeel. A small proportion was fermented with wild yeasts in older French oak barriques to add front palate richness and extra dimension. The wines was left on yeast lees with weekly stirring to protect the freshness of the wine and adding further complexity. The wine was bottled under screwcap.

Alcohol 12.78%v/v, pH 3.15, TA 7.08 g/L, RS <1 g/L.

750mL, 6 bottles per case