Say Ciao to a Great Aussie Pinot Grigio

By David Ellis from vintnews.

South Australia’s boutique Fox Gordon is winning growing numbers of admirers with its range of reds and whites out of the Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills, with a 2014 Charlotte’s Web label Pinot Grigio from the latter a rewarding example of what a hands-on small family maker can achieve with a variety like this.

Winemaker Tash Mooney has crafted in this a wine that’s got lovely varietal pear and apple flavours along with a captivating hint of lime, and one that’s sure to appeal to the fast-growing ranks of Pinot Grigio enthusiasts in this country – as in so many others across the world as well, as the variety charges forward in its pursuit of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc to be the world’s best-selling white.

Founded relatively recently in the 1990s, Fox Gordon is also well on the road to achieving its owners’ dream to come up with premium Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills wines that will one day sit among the greatest of international brands as measured by value and enjoyment.

Pay $19.95 and match this very more-ish Pinot Grigio with shellfish or Italian-inspired chicken dishes; available from select premium liquor outlets or check out for State distributors and cellar door contacts.

One to note: Shottesbrooke Vineyard at McLaren Vale goes back over 30 years to when founder Nick Holmes planted his first vineyard, naming it after an estate at Berkshire in England where his granddad was vicar for 21 years from 1905.

Today Shottesbrooke is turning out some real classics under the stewardship of GM and Chief Winemaker Hamish Maguire, Nick Holmes’ stepson.

His recently released 2012 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a terrific drop that’s all about the flavours a great Cabernet Sauvignon aspires to – toasty oak, blackcurrant, chocolate and hints of mint. And at $40 it makes for a marvellous match with slow-cooked lamb shanks, buttered baby potatoes and steamed beans.