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    2015 East Argyle Pinot Gris

    The Fruit:

    Pinot Gris is well suited to cooler viticultural climates, and fruit for this wine is sourced from outstanding vineyards in the Adelaide Hills. Above average winter rainfall resulted in full soil profiles. This was followed by dry and above average spring temperatures giving an early start to the growing season. Warmer than average condition’s continued, but thankfully no major heatwaves occurred. Following a cool January we experienced some short periods of heat in February but mostly mild days and many cool nights allowed even ripening and ideal flavour development.

    The Winemaking:

    Machine harvested in the cool of the night, the fruit was destemmed and immediately pressed. 65% of the fruit was cool fermented in stainless steel, with the remainder fermented in older French oak on high solids to add texture and complexity to the wine. The wine was then matured on yeast lees for 8 to 12 weeks. The 2015 East Argyle Pinot Gris is a classic example of the sensational quality and varietal expression in Pinot Gris from the cool climate Adelaide Hills region. Made in a style to maximise the textural elements in the wine, it has sweet and spicy
    pear characters, combined with baked cheesecake and vanilla ice cream flavours, complemented by sweet spices of nutmeg and cinnamon. The palate is finely textured and richly flavoured, full of peach, apricot and pear that lead to a long, clean finish. An elegant and complex wine that will drink beautifully on release but will certainly stand up to a few years in the cellar.

    2015 East Argyle Pinot Gris

    2015 East Argyle Pinot Gris

    THE AWARDS & REVIEWS:

    • 2015 East Argyle Pinot Gris
      • Bronze | 2015 Melbourne Wine Show
      • Bronze | 2015 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
      • Bronze | 2015 Perth Royal Wine Show
    • 2014 East Argyle Pinot Gris
      • Frank Smith | Jan 2015
        Frank Smith Have A Go News, Perth

        The 2014 East Argyle Pinot Gris has aromas of ripe pears, nectarine and cinnamon. The palate is full of lychee, pear and soft lime fruit with hints of ginger and cinnamon. Refreshing acidity and great length on the finish makes this an exceptional Pinot Gris.

         

    • 2014 East Argyle Pinot Gris
      • Silver | 2014 Wine Showcase Magazine
        Wine Showcase MagazineWine Showcase Magazine
      • Silver | 2014 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards
      • John Lewis | 4 Stars | Jan 2015
        John LewisNewcastle Herald

        Sourced from cool-climate Adelaide Hills grapes, this Pinot Gris has been enhanced by partial fermentation in French oak. The wine is green-tinted straw and has orange blossom scents. It has ripe pear flavour on the front of the palate and elements of guava, lime zest and cashew oak combine on the middle palate. Slatey acid comes through at the finish. Drink with caramelised onion and porcini tarts.

         

      • 92 Points | James Halliday
        James Halliday

        The vineyard is in the Adelaide Hills, where the cool and wet spring dramatically reduced yields, thus concentrating the fruit flavours of poached pear and apple; natural acidity holds those flavours under control.

    • 2013 East Argyle Pinot Gris
      • James Halliday
        James Halliday2014 Wine Companion, Aug 2013

        Faint straw-pink; the palate is quite soft, and vaguely fruity, making it an ideal lunch wine to be consumed without thought, and certainly without discussion.

    • 2012 East Argyle Pinot Gris
      • 93 Points | Ray Jordan
        Ray JordanCellar Talk, West Australian, Jan 2013

        Here is a pinot gris that strikes a delicious balance between richness, palate weight and freshness. The fruit is sourced from cool Adelaide Hills vineyards but to me the secret is the use of a small amount of solids fermentation is oak to add complexity and texture. It's clever and perfectly done. This is a mighty fine example of this variety, which has its detractors - me included - but when it's done right it really does work so well. Pure and fresh with peach and almond aromas merging into a lovely apple crumble, sliced pear palate. Lovely palate texture. Superb summer drinking but it would handle some cellaring over the next few years.

      • Silver – 2012 Canberra National Wine Show
      • Bronze | 2013 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2013 Brisbane Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2012 Royal Queensland Wine Show
      • Winestate
        Winestate Magazine - Apr 2014

        Smells of Fuji apples, with nicely focused and quite complex flavour profile. Upfront sweetness and an oil texture.

      • Graeme Phillips
        Graeme PhillipsSunday Tasmanian, Hobart, Jun 2013

        …this sits halfway between the light freshness of the Italian grigio style and the richer, oaked and more textured gris styles of Alsace, combining the best of both into an enjoyable, slightly sweet-finishing drop.

      • Ross Noble
        Ross NobleMt Barker Courier SA, May 2013

        He takes a stylistic shift with pinot gris, with its pervasive pear and green apple characters, creamy in the mouth with added complexity derived from some French Oak and a suggestion of minerality toward the finish.

      • Kerry Skinner
        Kerry SkinnerGrapevine, Illawarra Mercury NSW, Apr 2013

        A small portion of this Adelaide Hills gris was fermented in French Oak to add both complexity and texture. It's quite lively and creamy with a typical pear and crunchy green apple fruit spectrum.

      • Michael Southern
        Michael SouthernPittwater Life NSW, Apr 2013

        The first of this grape to be sourced by Burge from the Adelaide Hills and a bit of a stylistic shift for Burge. It has the classic pinot gris characteristics of pears and granny smith apples. An additional layer of simplicity comes from fermentation on solids and small parcels from some one, two and three year old oak casks. This gives the wine a finely textured complexity with a hint of chalky minerality which gives the wine exceptional length with a rich flavour.

      • Ray Jordan
        Ray JordanCellar Talk West Australian, Jan 2013

        Here is pinot gris that strikes a delicious balance between richness, palate weight and freshness. The fruit is sourced from cool Adelaide Hills vineyards but to me the secret is the useof a small amount of solids fermentation in oak to add complexity and texture. It's clever and perfectly done. This is a mighty fine example of the variety, which has its detractors - me included - but when it's done right it really does work so well. Pure and fresh with peach and almond aromas merging into a lovely apple crumble, sliced pear palate. Lovely palate texture. Superb summer drinking but it would handle some cellaring over the next few years.

      • Winestate, Australia Oct 2012
        Winestate, Australia Oct 2012

        Attractive tropical fragrances and simple fruit flavours. Hint of residual sugar to balance.

    • 2011 East Argyle Pinot Gris
      • Bronze – 2011 Adelaide Wine Show
      • Cathy Anderson
        Cathy AndersonStay In -MX Sydney, Mar 2013

        Strong and floral, this pinot gris is a good way to ease into autumn. It's thick, musky complexity, derived from cooler climes of the Adelaide Hills, straddles the heavier blends while providing a hint of the refreshment you've been enjoying from lighter summer whites.

      • Graeme Phillips
        Graeme PhillipsFruit of the Vine Sunday Tasmanian Sep 2012, Mercury Hobart Nov 2012

        Pale straw colour, spices and potpourri nose and a plate with good depth of lemon balm and honeyed apple flavours, smooth, silky textured and nicely balanced with the finish lifted by a touch of fruit sweetness.

      • Peter Forrestal
        Peter ForrestalSelector, Jan 2012

        This is a focussed, tight and lean dry white given a hint of complexity from fermenting a small portion on high solids in oak. Karl Stockhausen found it neutral and demanded more flavour, while Sam Miranda, who described it as a 'velvety sledgehammer', loved it's texture and mouth feel.

      • Selector | Jan 2012
        Selector - Jan 2012

        After what has been hailed as a challenging vintage, Grant Burge is pleased to release his flagship whites: 2011 Thorn Riesling, 2011 East Argyle Pinot Gris, 2011 Kraft Sauvignon Blanc and 2010 Summers Chardonnay, all from his renowned vineyard range. Grant believes that the much talked about 2011 vintage has turned out some of the best examples yet of his flagship white wines, courtesy of carefully managed and selected fruit parcels, while the 2010 vintage, which was acclaimed to be the best of the decade, has resulted in a excellent Summers Chardonnay.

      • West Australian | February 2012
        West Australian - February 2012

        A light and spicy little pinot gris from Eden Valley. It carries some subtle nutty creamy texture with a fine lingering acidity which carries it to a pleasing finish. An easy drinking wine for current quaffing with the oak adding a degree of texture into the equation.

      • Ben Knight
        Ben KnightNorthern Weekly & Melbourne Weekly November 2011 & Wyndham Weekly December 2011

        The nose is scented like rose petals and a little lychee. I don't mean it only smells of that it's just that in the midst of 'wine' smell, there are nots of those things. It smells fruity. (I don't often use the word fruity. I'm not sure how I feel about it.) The palate is intense and powerful with a good whack of cheek-clinging acidity. There is some green pear and spice and a little yellow apple. This tastes just like pinot gris, which is all you can ask. It certainly has a texture one could associate with Old World Chardonnay, yet the delicious aromatics point directly at gris. A delicious surprise.

      • John Lewis
        John LewisNewcastle Herald, December 2011

        Grapes from the Eden Valley and Adelaide Hills produced this light gold, lychee-scented white. Zesty kiwi fruit flavour comes through on the front of the palate and ruby grapefruit and mineral characters feature on the middle palate. The finish displays flinty acid.

      • Kerry Skinner
        Kerry SkinnerQuench, Illawarra Mercury Nov 2011

        There's been quite a move towards pinot gris, a variety that hails from Burgundy and which winemaker Grant Burge has had in his armoury for some years now. Typical pear, citrus and apple on the nose and palate, a hint of spice, lively acidity and a clean finish.

      • Tony Love
        Tony LoveTownsville Bulletin, November 2011

        This has attractive florals to begin, with herbal lifts such as sorrel's lemony bite. Then comes a lovely fresh citrus texture, fresh and zippy yet still with a lightly creamy palate feel as well midway between a tart gelati and richer ice dessert. It's complexity grows on you and it has plenty to offer on a warm evening.

      • Courier Mail QLD, October 2010
        Courier Mail QLD, October 2010

        Matched with Spaghetti, Moreton Bay bugs and chilli by chef Andrew Mirosch.

    • 2010 East Argyle Pinot Gris
      • Alex Berry
        Alex BerryWeekend News, VIC Apr 2011

        The wine has every facet of the cool climate pinot gris with so much more. Very elegant and leaner than most gris, it is well balanced with a soft salad bowl of lime, pear and apricot. The soft silky acid leves your mouth fresh and the flavours linger and linger. Don't write off the Barossa Valley whites - they hold their own. It's a sensational match with salmon sashimi and roast tomato roulade.

    • 2009 East Argyle Pinot Gris
      • 93 Points – James Halliday
        James HallidayAustralian Wine Companion 2011 edition

        Strong pear and apple aromas on the bouquet, that are replayed on the long palate; altogether superior pinot gris from Adelaide Hills/Eden Valley.

      • 93 Points – Weekend Australian. November 2010
        Weekend Australian. November 2010

        Pinot Gris has been officially denied entry in the Alternative Varietal Wines Show, and been favourably critiqued by the Australian Wine Research Institute. It has arrived! Strong pear and apple aromas on the bouquet, are replayed on the long, rich palate; altogether superior pinot gris. Drink with smoked pork.

      • Bronze – 2010 Royal Sydney Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2010 Royal Queensland Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2009 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
      • Graeme Phillips
        Graeme PhillipsSunday Tasmanian - August 2010

        Attractive pear, musk and powder-puff aromatics and flavours with hints of varietal nuttiness on a full, softly textured, slightly oily palate cut and balanced by some fresh acidity.

      • Mount Barker Courier - April 2010
        Mount Barker Courier - April 2010

        Fruit from the cool Adelaide Hills and Eden Valley was chosen for the Grant Burge East Argyle Pinot Gris…
        … pale straw colour and has floral fragrance leading to a pleasing slightly oily palate with ripe pear and musk before the crisp finish

    • 2008 East Argyle Pinot Gris
      • 95 Points – Tony Love
        Tony LoveAdelaide Advertiser 26.11.08

        Loads of expected varietal pear characters but with tones of honey, even fresh grated coconut to turn it into something elemental. Aromatics are intriguingly exotic, a bit of richness and sweetness adding to the palate weight that remains spot on due to excellent acidity and minerally textures.
        Assured, classy and exciting.

      • Bronze – 2008 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
      • Graeme Phillips
        Graeme PhillipsSunday Tasmanian, Hobart, Nov 2008

        Pleasant musk lolly aromas, followed by a tangy palate of spiced ripe pears, smooth and rounded, mid-weight with the fnish carrying a little alcoholic warmth.

    • 2007 East Argyle Pinot Gris
      • Bronze – 2007 Hobart Wine Show
    • 2006 East Argyle Pinot Gris
      • 90 Points – James Halliday
        James Halliday2008 Australian Wine Companion July 2007

        Classic apple, pear, spice and musk aromas; the lively palate has good length and a crisp finish; particularly good example of Pinot Gris.

    • 2003 East Argyle Pinot Gris
      • Bronze – 2004 Hobart Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2003 Hobart Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2004 Brisbane Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2004 Australian Alternative Varieties
    • 2001 East Argyle Pinot Gris
      • Bronze – 2002 Perth Wine Show

    2015 East Argyle Pinot Gris

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