The Adelaide Hills has an altitude ranging from 400-600m and a rainfall of around 700-1000mm. Soils consist of sandy loam overlying weathered shale and clay, which provide excellent conditions for viticulture. Littlehampton lies on the eastern side of the Adelaide Hills and has a unique aspect for superlative pinot gris. Viticulture was first established in the Adelaide Hills in 1839 by John Barton Hack near Mount Barker, just 5km from Littlehampton. Pinot gris, called tokay d’Alsace in France, grauburgunder in Germany and pinot grigio on Italy, has its origins in France and has become a highly regarded variety around the world.
- SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
- South Australia
A faint touch of blush-pink colour; the range of aromas and flavours are greater than those of most pinot gris, and so is the length of the palate; pear, apple, stone fruit, ginger and spice all await you. This is one of the few pinot gris that have definite cellaring potential. Rating 94 - Drink by 2018 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (FEB/2014)
This might just be the best Australian pinot gris on the block at the moment, again all fragrant with nectarine flesh and blossom, the fruit and a heady culinary spice also redolent as you sip. And talk about textural this is a textbook style, minerally in one sense, the acidity fresh and lively, while richer, creamier layers from some clever winemaking just add to the joy.'Tony Love, www.taste.com.au, 8 April 2014
Winery Tasting Notes
Pale gold with lime hues.
Gorgeous fragrant, focused aromas of white flowers, almond blossom, gooseberry and honeysuckle supported by mint, anise and ginger spice nuances.
Delicate layers of tropical fruit and stone-fruit flavours flood the palate and interlace with fine acidity and creamy texture for a long, rich finish.
Exceptional vintage, 10+ years (from vintage).