John Ellis planted some of the first grapes ever seen on Long Island NY. He was a fighter pilot and then a commercial pilot, flying out of Europe for many years, which exposed him to the brilliance of French Pinot making, and the love affair and many winemaking awards continue today. His property in Southern Gippsland is peppered with trees dating back to the 1870’s brought to Australia by an English botanist.
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Winery Tasting Notes
John Ellis welcomes in 2013 with a brand new wine style and more awards under his belt.
John’s newest wine is the Bellvale Pinot Grigio. Planted in 2008 it’s a wine in the northern Italian, rather than French grape style, not often grown in Sth Gippsland, but John felt it was perfectly suited to his cool climate location and it’s five acre vineyard that sits atop a hill looking towards Wilson’s Prom.
He was after a wine with more substance than many he had tried, chasing the elusive character, stone fruit, pear and subtlety. He says this one now shows an aroma and fruit expression and ultimately a freshness that makes it unique to the region.