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Balgownie Estate

2016 Black Label Pinot Gris

2016 Black Label Pinot Gris

This is a beautiful and delicate style of Pinot Gris that is grown in the cooler climate near Yarra Junction which allows us to produce a delightfully balanced, French style wine with a hint of sweetness and a long dry finish. The 2016 Pinot Gris has lovely pear and citrus character on the palate with hints of almond and oatmeal resulting from the barrel fermentation. A perfect wine to match with spicy food during the warm summer months.

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Wine Specs
Pinot Gris
Yarra Valley
Drink Young
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The wine is very pale in colour with a light lemon yellow shade. On the nose there is nashi pears and citrus with hints of almond and oatmeal. The delicate palate displays an array of flavours including pear, apple, lemon, ripe yellow peaches and a hint of rose petal. The middle palate is plump and round with a touch of sweetness and a suggestion of creaminess from the oak. A long crisp finish is the perfect ending. While perfect to drink now this wine will continue to grow in complexity over the next five years.
Vineyard Notes
The 2016 growing season was consistently warm resulting in the perfect conditions for the production of high quality fruit. The berries were hand harvested to achieve the optimum balance of sweetness and crisp acidity, while maintaining the lovely, fresh fruit flavours.
Winemaker Notes
The free run juice was fermented partially in stainless steel and partially in oak barrels to maintain the fresh fruit flavours while introducing a note of complexity to the finished wine. Fermentation was arrested early to maintain a level of the natural grape sweetness to balance the crisp acidity. The wine then spent a further five months in old French oak barrels to introduce a note of creaminess to the finished wine.
Food Pairing Notes
Matches beautifully with tiger prawns with a spicy chilli and lime dressing.
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