2013 Littlehampton Innes Vineyard Pinot Gris

'This might just be the best Australian pinot gris on the block at the moment, again all fragrant with nectarine flesh and blossom, the fruit and a heady culinary spice also redolent as you sip. And talk about textural this is a textbook style, minerally in one sense, the acidity fresh and lively, while richer, creamier layers from some clever winemaking just add to the joy.'
Tony Love, www.taste.com.au, 8 April 2014
Pale gold with lime hues. Gorgeous fragrant, focused aromas of white flowers, almond blossom, gooseberry and honeysuckle supported by mint, anise and ginger spice nuances. Delicate layers of tropical fruit and stone-fruit flavours flood the palate and interlace with fine acidity and creamy texture for a long, rich finish.

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2013 Littlehampton Innes Vineyard Pinot Gris

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The 2013 harvest was expected to be early, with the Easter full moon very close to the autumn equinox, and sure enough budburst started early in spring 2012 with green shoots emerging in the first week of September suggesting this would be so. All varieties woke to a cool and mild spring, with cabernet the last to greet the sun on October 1. A snow flurry in early October led into a mild November, with warm days and nights providing excellent conditions for flowering. Set was excellent across all varieties. Spring was conspicuous for its dryness but thankfully frost free, and as summer approached the vines developed beautifully balanced canopies and rain was just a distant memory. It was not to rain again until the end of harvest, seven dry months that produced a green drought. As harvest time approached, it was abundantly clear that 2013 was going to be exceptional in terms of yield and quality across all varieties - a rare thing in the lofty airs of Lenswood and Littlehampton, where weather events usually dictate terms that are best described as challenging! Chardonnay and riesling were fabulous, as too were sauvignon blanc, gewürztraminer, merlot and cabernet. The 2013 harvest will be remembered as near perfection in a year of snow and drought, truly a rare and exceptional vintage.

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Vintage 2013
Grape Variety 100% pinot gris grown by David and Annette Innes at Littlehampton in the Adelaide Hills.
Technical Details Harvest Date: 25 February & 28 February | Alcohol: 13.5% | pH: 3.08 | Acidity: 6.8g/L
Maturation Fermented in tank and held on lees for 6 months with regular stirring to build complexity.
Background The Adelaide Hills has an altitude ranging from 400-600m and a rainfall of around 700-1000mm. Soils consist of sandy loam overlying weathered shale and clay, which provide excellent conditions for viticulture. Littlehampton lies on the eastern side of the Adelaide Hills and has a unique aspect for superlative pinot gris. Viticulture was first established in the Adelaide Hills in 1839 by John Barton Hack near Mount Barker, just 5km from Littlehampton. Pinot gris, called tokay d’Alsace in France, grauburgunder in Germany and pinot grigio on Italy, has its origins in France and has become a highly regarded variety around the world.
Cellaring Potential Exceptional vintage, 10+ years.

Vintage 2013. 8 April 2014, www.taste.com.au

This might just be the best Australian pinot gris on the block at the moment, again all fragrant with nectarine flesh and blossom, the fruit and a heady culinary spice also redolent as you sip. And talk about textural — this is a textbook style, minerally in one sense, the acidity fresh and lively, while richer, creamier layers from some clever winemaking just add to the joy.

Vintage 2010. February 2012, Mike Bennie, Wine Business Magazine

Not a classic wine for the generational winemakers at Henschke, but certainly a feather in the cap of their folio. With white nashi pear, spice and layered texture, this white has complexity, nutty nuances and great appeal. 92/100.

Vintage 2006. September 2006, Tony Love, Adelaide Advertiser

Fresh from Henschke's Littlehampton site in the Adelaide Hills, there are little squeaks of telltale bronze tones around the edges, then pears and almonds before a scoop of lychees and a mouth full of bright acids and herbal aromatics lolling around within its typical viscosity. Desperately seeking good Thai food.

Vintage 2005. August 2007, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion

Classic spice, pear and a hint of musk; good balance and length, the alcohol no problem. Rating 89/100.

Vintage 2005. December 2005, Winsor Dobbin, PMD Wines

You'll find lychee characters here, rose petals and stone fruit and all the variety's trademark vidcosity. This is a wine made in a very lifted style - if you love a pinot gris you'll love this.

Vintage 2004. June 2006, Sally Gudgeon, Sydney Morning Herald

This delectable drop will send you into sensory overload with its rich, slippery texture, array of flavours and delicate aromas of spice and fresh hay.

Vintage 2004. November 2005, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

...an exuberant, dry, fruit-driven white revealing scents of apricots and white currants along with a mineral-like characteristic.

Vintage 2003. June 2004, Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald

An Adelaide Hills wine very much in the opulent Alsace style. It's a worthy follow-up to the crackerjack '02 - ripe stone fruit and nutty aromas, intense flavours that are soft and seamless an the palate. Smooth texture and lovely balance.

Vintage 2002. February 2004, The Age, Uncorked

This is simply the best Aussie Pinto Gris we've tasted. From a stand-out vintage in the Adelaide Hills, it’s as aromatic and opulent as a good Alsatian; richly spicy, honeyed and stone-fruity; but fine, seamless and silky across the tongue.