Lobethal Road Pinot Gris 2017 comes from Adelaide Hills, South Australia. As a wine region, Adelaide Hills has flown under the radar compared to the other regions within Australia. Considered cool climate, when compared to other regions in Australia. There are some fantastic vineyards at altitudes from 200m to over 600m above sea level. The increase in altitude helps the vineyards in the hills retain the natural acidity and can add a delicacy to the nose and palate. What’s more, is that knowledge of these vineyards is increasing and there is now two official sub-regions within the Adelaide Hills growing region.
The Lobethal Road Pinot Gris 2017 nose is fragrant with pears, ripe apples, spice and a hint of toast. Structured dry palate, balanced acidity and alcohol and great purity of fruit. Restrained length with a lot of elegance and developed tones. Even though this isn’t the current vintage, count yourselves lucky there is still some of this around. The time in bottle has really helped soften and integrate the profile. The wine was hand-picked and whole bunch pressed into both oak barriques and stainless steel tanks. 20% of the juice was barrel fermented adding a lot of mouthfeel and length. The oak used was 2 years old meaning less of the oak flavour and more about the texture.
The bush fires in 2019 have caused a horrific amount of damage to wildlife and vineyards throughout the Adelaide Hills. Some wineries lost everything, vineyards, stock and even their winery. David and his family stayed to defend the property and the vineyards. They were seriously lucky that the fires only touched their wooden fence line. The amount of community support for the Adelaide Hills region has been staggering, with fundraising happening all over the world.