* Warning. Serious wine language included *
Now that summer has thankfully arrived, we can all look forward to warmer days ahead.
As clichéd as it sounds, a cool, crisp glass of a local aromatic white wine carries a certain appeal when you’re out enjoying the sun.
So, if you’re in the mood to feel the tingle of a super crisp Riesling, the fresh cut of a zesty Sauvignon Blanc, or maybe the rich textural poise of Pinot Gris, then maybe it’s time to (re)discover our unique cool climate aromatic white wines.
Here’s what you can expect from the varieties.
This grape is renowned for its pure, steely citrus aromatics alongside floral/blossom and talc notes – common descriptors seen on the bouquet with fresh mineral zest and lime/lemon tangy acidity on the palate and our region tends to produce wines with these varietal traits yet they can be more subtle and restrained in character. Overall, the wines are well structured with good flavour profiles and presence and show just how well this variety can do in this region. The latest 2016 Riesling release from Leura Park Estate has wowed many with its amazing fragrance and floral aromatics, reminiscent of the styles from Alsace in France. So far it has won a Gold Medal at The Canberra Riesling Challenge 2016 and at 2016 The Victorian Wine Show, which speaks volumes for the quality and class of this wine.
Pinot Gris is the French term for the grape, which is predominantly produced in the Alsace region in France. This style is more textural, richer, and fuller with exotic fruit aromas and flavours of pear, honey and lychee on the nose and palate. Expect to see the tell tale varietal pear and lychee aromatics, so too the rich and alluring textural honey nuance and subtle spice complexity in many of the local examples. Lethbridge Wines from the Moorabool Valley produce a fantastic range of high quality wines, and the 2015 Lethbridge Pinot Gris is rich, delicate and textural with a fine varietal flavour profile and complexity…delicious.
Scotchman's Hill winery down on the Bellarine Peninsula have long produced wines of character and complexity, having helped put the region on the wine map since establishing themselves back in the early eighties. Their Sauvignon Blanc is always fresh, tropical and crisp and the current 2015 is simply excellent, stemming from the perfect conditions presented by this outstanding vintage. Also too, in a very different mode is their 2012 'Cornelius' Sauvignon - very much a French affair with dry, mineral/savoury citrus nuance and complexity riven with barrel fermented mid palate texture and richness, that finishes elegant and very fine.
Chat all things wine with Jon at Geelong Cellar Door this Summer.