Winner - 2010 South Australian Wine of the Year Awards. Recommended - 2008 Decanter World Wine Awards (London). SILVER - 2009 Australian Cool Climate Wine Show. BRONZE - 2009 Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition. Well expressed with more complexity than other popular aromatic white varieties, a sense of unctuousness and development from neutrality to a touch of fragrant fruit and spice, the finish refreshing.’ Tony Love, National Wine Editor for ‘Taste’ & Professional Judge – SA Wine of the Year Awards. Nothing is left to chance in the vineyard and the emphasis is on quality, not quantity. Low yields are achieved by ‘bunch thinning’, or dropping fruit several times before harvest which allows the vines to direct nutrients to fewer grapes, leaving the best fruit behind for picking. We usually hand-pick the Pinot Gris in early March to achieve a desired balance of rich, ripe fruit flavour and retention of a crisp, clean acid structure. Our aim is to produce a fresh, fruit driven and elegant style with a hint of distinctive Pinot Gris colour. Pinot ‘Gris’ (‘grey’ in French) or Pinot ‘Grigio’ (‘grey’ in Italian) is named after the pinkish grey colour of the grape skins. Retaining this colour during the winemaking process is difficult and our Winemaker works very hard to achieve this. Our Pinot Gris is pale straw in colour with a subtle dusky pink and bronze hue. Like Sauvignon Blanc, it’s a light, fresh and aromatic style of wine but with a lot more complexity. Floral, fruity and a little bit spicy with a crisp, dry finish – it’s perfect with seafood and an elegant aperitif – don’t just take our word for that – it recently won a medal at the 09 Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition where it was judged with food against Pinot Gris from around the world.
by Lady Bay Vineyard