2006 Sailors Falls Estate Pinot Gris

Nestled in the undulating hills near Daylesford north of Victoria's Macedon wine region, Sailors Falls Estate is a boutique family owned winery with an attractive bed and breakfast on the property.

The 1.2 acres under vines contain pinot gris, pinot noir and small amounts of gewurztraminer that are all dry grown according to contract winemaker Owen Latta at Eastern Peake Winery near Ballarat. The pinot gris itself has been produced at the Eastern Peake Winery since 2004.

Pinot gris and its Italian counterpart pinot grigio were rare grapes in Australia 15 years ago. Now however, both are no longer officially considered alternative grape varieties and are ineligible for the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show, such is their mainstream status.

This pale straw green cool climate wine exhibits pear and blossom aromatics. Honey, cinnamon and juicy pear enliven the dry lingering minerality and acidity of the palate.

It opened to reveal that it had not lost any of the honeyed, spicy, almost peppery characteristics that come with age in the bottle. A delicious white to take to your favourite Asian restaurant.

Pinot Gris tends to be consumed as a young wine and I was quietly surprised that this had cellared so well.

Source: Winery Purchase. Rating: 86+Points. Website: www.sailorsfallsestate.com.au

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