"Franco, bless him, makes a proper Pinot Gris. Seven days on skins here, although it could go more. A week’s not a long time in the world of wine. Beurre bosc pears, and their skin texture with it, peach and straw berry, a little spice and musky perfume. It’s fresh and crisp, but soft and flavoursome too, you can almost imagine it drizzling down your chin as you drink, skinsy tannin shapes the finish, and bright acidity too. Bloody good. Bargain." 93 Points - Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
Where this wine comes from - Yarra Valley
Just 50 kilometres from Melbourne, Victoria’s Yarra Valley is a star of the wine regions surrounding the city, known as the ‘Melbourne Dress Circle’. With plenty of microclimates and sub-regions, the Yarra Valley doesn’t have a weak link. Certainly the region’s reputation has been built on the quality of its cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. As far as Chardonnay goes, Yarra Valley strikes the right balance of ripeness, without going over the edge. There’s white peach, lemon pith and Fuji apple supported by a fine spine of citrus-like acidity complemented by supportive oak maturation. The region’s Pinot Noir certainly produces that ethereal quality that Pinot-philes go crazy for – with lifted cherry notes, texture and length. Pinosity? It’s here in spades. Don’t discount Yarra Valley Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, which also have a long history in the region and are being recognised for producing their own unique regional styles. Game on!