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1 - 12 of 143 Rhone, Loire, Alsace Varietal White
Airstrip Marsanne Rousanne Viognier 2011
Goulburn
Available by the dozen
Half Marsanne, the balance of Rousanne and Viognier, sourced exclusively from the Mitchelton estate vineyard. Airstrip is a lively but tight blend of vigorous white fruit. Modest crop levels ranging from 2 to 3½ tonnes per acre give this wine its core intensity. Each individual block is managed and vinified separately to allow the different qualities of each variety, shaped by the unique vineyard site and soil profiles, to shine through. The individual parcels of fruit are moulded together during blending to produce the unique Airstrip style.
$2499each
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Mitchelton's vines are rigorously husbanded, careful monitoring of fruit ripening ensures harvesting occurs at the time of the fruit's optimum maturity. The crushed juices are cold settled, racked and warmed before inoculation with choice yeasts. Some of the lime green yoghurty textured juice lees is retained when racking the juice, adding complexity to the final Airstrip blend. Marsanne and Roussanne are barrel fermented for nine months in 20% new French oak, the Viognier is barrel fermented in four years old French oak barrels to retain purity of fruit expression. All oak fermented wines are individually selected, barrel by barrel, to ensure the harmony of oak and texture in the final assemblage. Alcohol 13.0%
 
Pale straw with vivid green hues. Inviting aromas of peach and apricot blossom, hints of savoury pistachio meld with spicy oak high notes.  The palate is a showcase of delicacy, ripe apricots, white peaches and crisp apple to the fore. Secondary layers of cumquat combine with a complex spiciness on the well rounded, medium body palate.
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Amberley Estate Chenin Blanc 2015
Margaret River
A pure Chenin Blanc wine, from fruit grown exclusively to premiere vineyards within the elite coterie of superior Margaret River vineyards. Grapes are picked at varying degrees of ripeness to form a complex yet harmonious palate which shows elegant fruit characteristics, whilst exhibiting the flavour intensity of riper, late picked berries. Full of freshness and vitality, the lifted nose makes an ideal aperitif, its engaging palate and textural finish merits accompaniement to delicate white meats and fleshy fishes.
$1599each
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By maintaining optimal balance between contemporary and traditionalist winemaking techniques, Amberley Estate have remained true to their original vision of making wines solely from fruit grown to superior Margaret River vineyards. A selection of cultured yeasts and closely managed ferments achieve a soft yet complex, elegantly fruit driven Chenin Blanc, designed to complement today's eclectic cuisines. Following the crush, grapes are pressed and the juices are inoculated. In order to enhance the varietal aromas, Chimney Brush is vinified in controlled fermenters to retain vitality and freshness. The emphasis at all stages of handling is to preserve the natural qualities of Margaret River Chenin Blanc.
 
Bright, light straw hues. Clean, fresh aromas of green apple and pear, underlying hints of honeysuckle and toasty notes add complexity. Off dry palate with a crisp acidity that refreshes the middle and back palate, intensity of fruit offering juicy characters of Fuji apples, apple blossoms and lime, concluding with attractive honey notes right at the finish.
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Armchair Critic Under Over Pinot Gris 2016
King Valley
The choicest parcels of Pinot Gris are harvested from high altitude King Valley vineyards where the long and sunny autumn days combine with cool nights to yield fully ripened grapes exhibiting crisp fruity acids and well defined varietal expression. The winemaking team at Armchair Critic have taken great effort to fashion an exemplary Pinot Gris without the influence of any oak, to showcase all the prime fruit characters which make this innately food friendly style of wine the first choice to accompany white meats, seafoods and risotto.
$1399each
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Under & Over are crafted through a minimalist approach to vinification, the focus being on maximum expression of distinctive varietal fruit character and heightened regionality. Vines planted to clay loam soils at altitudes of 650 metres above sea level are nourished by ample rainfall and stimulated by the crisp, temperate conditions to grow Pinot Gris with flavour profiles very akin to their siblings in Alsace and the cooler climes of France. Grapes are treated to a brisk tank fermentation at lower temperatures in a quick and precise manner to maximize and retain purity of varietal fruit character. The finished wine is matured unoaked on sedimentery lees to build texture while maintaining freshness and vibrant acidity.
 
Pale colour with fine clarity. Lovely nose full of rose petal and orange blossoms, exhibiting a clean minerality. The palate is fruit driven, light to medium bodied with pear and nectarine flavours matched by spicey and floral nuances, showing the trademark viscosity and classic Pinot Gris textures.
Babich Marlborough Pinot Gris 2014
Marlborough
Available by the dozen
The founders of Babich were visionaries who succeeded in bringing the wines of New Zealand to the world. A collation of fruit from several splendid Marlborough vineyards is assembled into a rich, full bodied Pinot Gris, offering brisk vitality and exquisite style. Partially barrel fermented for richness and complexity, Babich exhibits ripe stonefruit and spice flavours before a soft, medium dry finish. The Marlborough white of choice to accompany the freshest fish, a match to crumbed and shallow fried snapper fillets.
$1699each
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Marlborough is renowned for Pinot Gris, as the free draining, alluvial loams over gravelly sub soils in the Wairau, Waihopai and Awatere valleys provide ideal growing conditions. Parcels of Pinot Gris are harvested as grapes achieve full physiological ripeness. Vineyards with heavier soils add weight to the wine, lighter soils contribute bright varietal aromatics. Most components are vinified in fermenters at various temperatures through a selection of yeasts to enhance character and build interest. The balance is vinified in a selection of seasoned French oak barrels while being treated to a course of lees stirring which builds body and complexity in the finished wine. Alcohol 14.0%
 
A light, peach straw hue. The sweet, lifted aroma of proving bread on the nose, along with pleasant notes of white stone fruit, spices and citrus adding to the sensory delight. Sweet danish pastry and spicy pear tart emerge out of the succulent, sweetly fruited palate. Generous mineral flavours compliment the rich and full weight. Ginger and lemon zest add a pleasing zing to the finish.
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Barwang Tumbarumba Pinot Gris 2013
Hilltops
McWilliam's has long been a major player and staunch supporter of the emerging Hilltops as a premiere viticultural precinct, retaining some of the region's most salubrious vineyards. Career farmer and veteran RAAF fighter pilot Peter Robinson planted his Barwang property to cuttings procured from McWilliams in 1969. The prodigal vines returned to McWillians stewardship and today contribute the backbone of fruit for Barwang Pinot Gris.
$1499each
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A collation of harvests are separately handled to retain the individual charm of each vineyard. Fruit is gently crushed and cold settled to 6°C, skins are removed to minimize extraction of phenolics and the deep Pinot Gris colour. Batches are racked into fermenters and inoculated through choice yeasts, selected on the basis of enhancing fruit character whilst contributing palate weight and texture. A long cool vinification captures the intensity of vibrant Pinot Gris flavour, followed by a further term on sedimentery yeast lees, to infuse greater complexity, before stabilising and early bottling for the retention of vitality, ensuring a fully fruit driven palate and heightened varietal aromaticness.
 
Medium straw hue. Floral and fruit notes, peaches and granny smith, pear and nectarines, creamy vanilla yoghurt notes. Intense varietal characters of pear drops and almond dominate the palate, texture, complexity and length, the fresh acidity gives focus and adding structure, before a lingering and refreshingly clean finish.
Bellingham Pinot Gris 2017
Mornington
Available by the dozen
After founding Mornington's eminent Moorooduc Estate and contract winemaking for Mornington's leading brands, Richard McIntyre established a small family operated vineyard, with a view to producing limited yields of the most exquisite small batch wines. A single estate parcel of dry grown Pinot Gris at Main Ridge is hand picked and fastidiously sorted before being treated to a minimalist vinification. The inclusion of a dash Gewurztraminer infuses wonderfully delicate perfumes, candied pear and autumnal spice, a mouth filling style of juicy, creamy ripeness.
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Bird In Hand Pinot Gris 2018
Adelaide Hills
Available by the dozen
The Adelaide Hills are a pastoral paradise for olives groves, Bird In Hand have been rewarded with the highest international accolades for the excellence of their fruit and cold pressed oils. Pinot Gris is a variety that thrives amongst the olive groves, an exquisite aperitif style that's sensational with food. Hand picked and whole bunch pressed to capture nothing but the purest juices, its fragrant white peach, lychee and pear bouquet reveals just a hint of savoury and musk, the perfect accompaniement to delicate white meats or terrines, pheasant recipes or quail.
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Bleasdale Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris 2017
Adelaide Hills
Available by the dozen
What fine Pinot Gris that Adelaide Hills can make. Crisp mountain breezes meander around the veritable maze of sub valleys and undulating hillsides, stimulating the vines and enhancing exotic citrus nut varietal characters in the grapes. Bleasdale have taken their pick of fruit from the finest vineyards planted to loamy, low fertility sands which are ideal for Pinot Gris. After a quick trek back to the Bleasdale wineworks, fruit is treated to a prompt vinification and early bottling to retain the vitally luminous expression of Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris.
$1799each
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Bleasdale have been central to Langhorne Creek viticulture for a century and a half, but the estate's association with Adelaide dates back to 1836 when migrant Frank Potts began colonial life as a boat builder. Parcels of Pinot Gris, picked by hand off good Adelaide Hills vineyards, are selected by Bleasdale on the basis of vine maturity and fruit ripeness, consistency of quality and good character. Grapes are whole bunch pressed into a combination of fermenters and seasoned French oak puncheons for a brisk vinification and course of lees stirring battonage, followed by a brief spell of maturation. A timely bottling captures and locks in all the fresh, brightly lit, pear and spice characters of Pinot Gris.
 
Pale light straw hue. Nutty spice and dainty orange blossom nose over supple hints of barrel ferment, lemon, apples and pear. A well rounded palate, generous with stonefruit flavours while exhibiting fine balance between green vegetable characters, ripeness and crisp acidity. The delicate Bleasdale shows all the spice and perfume expected of slowly ripened Pinot Gris. A stylish aperitif alongside nibbles and oysters, a very good match to poultry and rice vermicelli.
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Braided River Pinot Gris 2009
Hawkes Bay
Located on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, Hawkes Bay has been producing wine of the highest quality for over a hundred years. It's five rivers and significant protecting mountain range to the west provide a consistent water supply and climate. Stony, free draining soils produce distinctive, deeply fruited wine of refinement, structure and texture. In the vineyard Pinot Gris stands out for the distinct purple hue of its ripened berries. Braided River's winemaking team are passionate about encouraging the varietal's unique character to flourish and evolve.
$1599each
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A gentle harvesting and handling in the winery is essential to ensure minimal contact between juice and grape skins. Following the crush, juices are naturally settled overnight for clarification. Components are fermented separately in tank with a variety of yeast strains to achieve aromatic and textural complexity. A small portion was also barrel fermented in older oak barriques for added creaminess and subtle oak character. Post fermentation, the components are allowed to rest on their sedimentery yeast lees, known as sur lie, a practice which adds textural nuance while providings a valuable anti oxidative function, enhancing the primary fruit characters retained by cool tank fermentation. Alcohol 13.5%
 
Light straw colour. Lifted aromas of nashi pears, guavas and peach are complimented by a subtle custard nuance derived from lees ageing. From the lush middle palate emerges a crisp, dry, persistent finish. Delicious on its own, Pinot Gris is also a very food friendly wine, the subtle character and texture supporting but never dominating a dish. Replenish your brain and your soul, as Braided River goes especially well with seafood and sushi.
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Brancott Pinot Gris 2015
This elegantly aromatic expression of New Zealand Pinot Gris is sourced from cool ripening vineyards. A diverse range of soils and grape characteristics enable the winemakers to negotiate and construct an animated style of wine. Free draining stones over silt produce tighter, more highly structured wines. Richer soils with increased clay content yield fuller wines with varietal intensity. Gentle pressing and cool fermentation have preserved delicate spice notes, complemented by lush pear and light pineapple characters.
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A mixture of vines and new Pinot Gris clones on Millardet 101-14, Couderc 3309, SO4 and Riparia Gloire rootstock. All grapes are destemmed and lightly crushed with a minimal skin contact, using a new type of bag press, which permits the juices to drain quickly, reducing the skin contact and minimising the extraction of phenolics. Free run juices were fermented at 15C with CY3079 yeast strains to retain maximum fruit character and add weight to the palate. Small amounts of other varietals may be included in the cepage, adding interest by enhancing the aromatics and flavour. Completely unwooded and unoaked, racked off lees before fining, filtered and bottled early to retain the fresh fruit characters.
 
Light straw hues. Aromas of fresh pear, stonefruits and subtle tropical notes. The palate shows pear and ripe citrus flavours, finishing to a well balanced, natural acidity. An assemblage of key cool climate vineyards achieves an immensely satisfying wine with distinct varietal character, intensity and freshness. Best enjoyed while young and lightly chilled, Pinot Gris is the classic food white, ideally suited to spicey Asian, tapas or Al fresco.
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Bream Creek Gewurztraminer 2005
Marion Bay
The focus at Bream Creek is on painstakingly managing vines by hand to yield small quantities of pristine fruit for the vinification of classic cool climate Tasmanian wines. Gewürtztraminer loves the cold. Slow ripening gives berries time to develop stimulating flavours and spicey fruit characters.
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The aromatic white varietals at Bream Creek are generally whole bunch pressed with a regimen of skin contact to achieve exquisite balance and fine structure. All the vines are meticulously hand crafted to capitalise on the stunning flavours that originate from predominantly mature stock which makes the wines very special. The original consortium which founded Bream Creek in 1973 planted Gewurztraminer to soils that were earmarked for their exceptional affinity to this pungent varietal. The estate was acquired in 1990 by one one of Tasmania's leading viticulturalists and has since become renowned for the quality and consistency of Tasmania's most representative boutique wines. Alcohol 13.8%
 
Mid straw colour. Opens with attractive lychee, perfume, blossom, rose and spice scents. The palate has plenty of fresh lively flavours, lovely fruit depth and a persistent zippy, zesty finish. Superb with Asian style cuisine and the freshest Tasmanian seafood.
Breathing Space Pinot Gris
Margaret River
Available by the dozen
Margaret River conjures up images of windswept capes and maritime life, the Fremantle doctor and balmy nights around a good bottle of chilled Pinot Gris. Breathing Space are all about the fun and funk of the sun and surf, an exciting range of contemporarily styled wines which are designed to escape the chaos of the big city and bring the drinker to a place that's relaxed and perpetually sunny. A fresh and crisp wine, minimally handled, permitting the Margaret River fruit to speak, framed by a judicious influence of leesyness and oak.
$1699each
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Sourced from choice vineyards, Breathing Space puts a focus on capturing the intense Margaret River regionality while retaining eloquence of fruit character. The highly favourable mesoclimes are further tempered by prevailing winds from the Indian Ocean which deliver excellent ripening conditions throughout the growing season. Hand picked throughout the cool of early morning, whole bunches are treated to a gentle press for extraction of the purest free run juices. The inclusion of light solids in the ferments contributes texture, aromaticness and complexity. After several months ageing on yeast lees, components are assembled and bottled unfined.
 
Brilliant pale straw with a light green hue. Ripe aromas of lychee and pear, paw paw and apple gala, mango and tropical fruits. Time spent on yeast lees has added white bread notes, barrel ferments in large format French oak has infused luxurious complexities. A richly flavoured palate brimming with lychee and pear, ripe apples and stonefruit, which continue on to a long, dry and refreshing finish.
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