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Top wines for 2016
Scott La Prova
Adelaide Hills Pinot Grigio 2015
Bird in Hand
Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris 2015 $28 CD.
Clover Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris 2015
Innes Vineyard Adelaide Hills Pinot
Gris 2015 $34.99 CD.
Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris $19 CD.
The Hills Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris
The Trickster Adelaide Hills Pinot
Grigio $19.50 CD.
PINOT gris (pronounced ‘pee-no-gree’) and
pinot grigio (pronounced ‘pee no gree jee
oh’) are the same white variety.
Pinot gris is mainly grown in north-eastern
France and particularly in Alsace, while
pinot grigio is widely grown in Italy’s north
and north east.
The French style gris is, generally, more
aromatic and fruitier, while the Italian style
grigio, usually harvested earlier, is a rather
more austere, dry style.
The Adelaide Hills region is described by
James Halliday in his book Varietal Wines
as “the quiet achiever ... producing more
ceditable pinot gris than any other region” in
The La Prova, made by Sam Scott, was
awarded Best Pinot Gris/Grigio at the 2015
Adelaide Hills Wine Show. Chairman of
judges Dan Buckle said the wine was “a
distinctive example of what this fast growing
varietal should taste like, with textured pear
and orchard fruit flavors”.
The Bird in Hand pinot gris was hand-picked
and is a “limited release” wine.
It has pervasive aromas and flavors of ripe
pear and spice amid a creamy texture into a
Fruit from Howard Vineyard’s Schoenthal
vineyard near Lobethal was selected for
its pinot gris. Made by Tom Northcott, it
displays fragrance of nashi pear and green
apple while the back palate presents “citrus
zing and lingering acidity”.
David and Annette Innes’ vineyard at
Littlehampton was the source of the
Henschke pinot gris. The winemakers said
the wine was “fermented in tank and held
on lees for six months with regular stirring
to build complexity”. It has also added body
and weight to the ripe pear aromas and
flavors on the palate which is enhanced by
nuances of spicy oak.
It is a compliment to the Adelaide Hills
region that wineries based elsewhere seek
out fruit from the cool Hills for their pinot
gris/grigio. The Bleasdale pinot gris reflects
chief winemaker Paul Hotker’s experience
with cool climate varieties elsewhere in
the world. The hand-harvested grapes were
bunch-pressed and fermented in tank and
seasoned French oak puncheons.
The oak provides texture and complexity
to the fresh pear and spice on the nose and
McLaren Vale based Richard Hamilton
Wines sourced grapes from Balhannah for its
It has nectarine-like aromas with a hint of
ginger while the palate is medium-bodied
and flavorsome. It went well with roast
Hugh Hamilton says he is the “black sheep”
of the pioneering (from 1837) wine family.
His pinot grigio is a lively drink with pear
and spice, “which screams out for seafood
and natural oysters” he says.
By Ross Noble
PARACOMBE PIONEER: James – Jas –
Somerville was the first to plant vines at Paracombe
in 1903. The Paracombe Somerville Adelaide Hills
Shiraz 2010 is a tribute wine, which are invariably
very good. In 1997, only 500 vines remained and
Paul and Kathy Drogemuller transplanted these to
their own vineyard. Each vintage they select the best
barrels from the sparse yield for this limited release.
Aromas of red cherry are an enticing prelude to a
luscious, juicy and sweet array of flavors, which keep
on keeping on until the finish, which is lingering,
leaving a supple and pleasing mouthfeel. Four stars
Winestate. $69 CD.
MARY THE FI RST: Hamish Laurie of
Deviation Road winery at Longwood, is the great-
great-grandson of Mary Laurie, SA’s first female
winemaker. His tribute wine is the Deviation Road
Mary’s Reserve Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2012. The
vintage was ideal for ripening in the cool Adelaide
Hills, providing great depth and length of flavor.
Aromatic with red berry and spice, the palate presents
abundant varietal flavors amid fine tannins and robust
texture from two years in French oak. $45 CD.
SERIOUS ACCLAIM: Geoffrey and Robert
Schrapel operate Bethany Wines at Tanunda on land
settled by ancestor Johann Gottlob Schrapel in 1844.
The brothers sourced grapes from very old, low yield
vines from their own and neighbors’ properties for the
Bethany Bin GR 12 Reserve Barossa Shiraz 2008. It
was harvested at “optimum flavor development and
complexity”. The nose evokes plum and spice and the
palate reveals Christmas cake and licorice nuances.
Awarded an ‘Outstanding’ medal at the International
Wine and Spirits Competition, this “super premium
wine is sought after by serious wine lovers all over the
world,” say the brothers. $95 CD.
TUCKED AWAY: An “old muscat blended from
wines in dusty old barrels tucked away in a quiet
corner of the winery for 20 years or more” is the
Oxenberry The Right Nut 20-Year-Old McLaren Vale
Liqueur Muscat. Rich, delicious and silky smooth it
is just right for a finale with chocolates and raisins to
dinner. 500ml. $30 CD only. Also pleasant summer
drinks are White Grapple Cider and Red Grapple
Cider at $8 each. CD only.
FOX TO M INNOW: Former Fox Creek winemaker
Tony Walker and his marketing partner Bill Neubauer
set up Minnow Creek winery in 2005 and produce a
handful of quality wines, sourced from Willunga. The
Minnow Creek The Reserve McLaren Vale Cabernet
Sauvignon Malbec 2013 is from a benevolent vintage.
“The cabernet sauvignon from across McLaren Vale
is the best I have tasted in the past 10 years,” said
winemaker Walker. The fusion of the blackcurrant
aromas and flavors of the cabernet component blends
very well with robust, earthy malbec, for a luscious
drink to have with hearty meat dishes. Balanced
tannins and 20 months in French oak suggest this
is a wine which warrants a decade in the cellar. $50
MO. Also benefiting from an excellent vintage is
the Minnow Creek McLaren Vale Shiraz 2013. Dark
berry fruits abound in this very good shiraz, which
epitomises the region’s affinity with Australia’s most
popular red wine. $29 MO.
CENTRAL REDS: The Central Ranges of NSW
Zone encompasses sub regions, north to south,
Mudgee, Orange and Cowra. The climate and terroir
are milder than the northerly NSW regions and more
conducive to the style of reds SA drinkers prefer. The
Mudgee Gold Shiraz Cabernet 2013 is rare: “the finest
winemakers and growers from one region, working
together to create one great wine”. It is a blend of gold
medal wines from the Mudgee Wine Show. Fragrance
of red berry and spice lead to a palate presenting dark
berry fruits, dark chocolate and cinnamon. Limited
to 700 bottles, it is a collectors’ item. $60 MO. The
Ross Hill Pinnacle Series Orange Cabernet Franc
2013 is from a single vineyard on Griffin Road, while
Ross Hill is a label of the Robson and Jones families.
Hand harvested and fermented by wild yeasts, it was
matured in French oak for 18 months. Abounding in
ripe fruits and full-on power, the franc is aromatic
and is very good now. It will get even better in time,
suggests winemaker Phil Kerney. $40 MO.
FULL MONTE: Montepulciano is a red grape
variety widely planted in Central Italy, particularly in
the Abruzzi. It is densely colored and full of flavor.
The Bird in Hand Adelaide Hills Montepulciano
2014 is from grapes grown on the estate at Woodside.
The vineyard was the last picked to ensure fully ripe
fruit. It was matured in French oak for 16 months
to add complexity and spice. The flavors border on
raisiny, finishing with firm, silken tannins. Gold, NZ
International. $42 CD.
The Woodstock Naughty Monty Montepulciano 2013
has a front label sketch of a red-masked dandy and
bon vivant “who loves the good times and wild late
nights”. There are red fruit aromas on the nose and
a “crazy savory structure on the palate”. Red cherry
aromas and flavors with spice abound.Winemakers
Scott Collett and Ben Glaetzer say the flavors will
further evolve in the cellar for two to four years.
COOL SHIRAZ: The Beresford Estate Vineyard
in the cool sub-region of Blewitt Springs at McLaren
Vale is on deep, sandy soils which require minimal
intervention and little irrigation. The Beresford Estate
McLaren Vale Shiraz 2013 reflects the quality fruit.
Deep red in the glass, the wine has the fragrance of
dark berry fruits with vanillan oak nuances and spice.
Blackberry flavors and seamless oak integration
appear on the rounded palate. $35.
SELL OUT: The Angove Family Winemakers
Family Crest Shiraz 2013 was a sell-out success last
year after winning three trophies at the International
Wine Challenge in London. The 2014 version is
from the same vineyards including Angove’s own
historic Warboys vineyard. The 2014 vintage was
“stunning” though yields were way down says
Angove chief winemaker Tony Ingle. The lower crop
“concentrated the flavors especially the velvety dark
chocolate and licorice characters,” he said. After 10
months in French and American oak hogsheads, the
wine is delicious and went well with pasta and meat
sauce. The Angove Family Winemakers Family Crest
Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 is sourced from Blewitt
Springs and Sellicks Hill. It has magenta hues,
aromas of blackcurrant and a suggestion of cedar with
the palate presenting soft flavors amid fine grained
tannins. Each good value at $22.
you should try
Paul and Kathy Drogemuller and their son Ben, with their tail-wagging dogs
which greet visitors at the Paracombe Wines cellar door.
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