Pale straw with green hues. Fragrant aromas of nashi pear, nectarine and almond blossom are supported by ginger spice and nougat, with savoury complexities of dried herbs and toasted almonds. Beautifully intense flavours of stone-fruit and ripe pear are complemented by layers of lemon thyme, nougat and ginger, while a lovely pure line of apple-like acidity and excellent texture provide length on the finish.
There’s a beautifully fresh lemon edge here with hints of aniseed and melon. The palate has a fresh, chalky and supple feel with bright acidity and an elegant, long, fruity finish
Extremely heavy winter rainfall and ferocious spring winds and hail set up one of the most challenging vintages we have ever experienced at Lenswood. Flowering was late, occurring in December rather than November, in rare calm and sunny weather which set us up for good yields. The conditions post-Christmas were characterised by elevated evening temperatures, heavy rain every four days, foggy mornings and low day time temperatures. Harvest started in March; three weeks later than usual. By Easter, all Adelaide Hills whites and our pinot noir were safely in the winery, and in excellent condition despite 760mm falling during the growing season. This was a vintage saved in the vineyard by the outstanding work of the Adelaide Hills viticultural team under extremely trying conditions, with results that exceeded expectations. The Lenswood vineyard continues to show enormous resilience, and the soil health no doubt plays an important role in the beautiful wines created in 2017.
“The wine is fermented in tanks and then held on lees for six months, with regular stirring to add complexity. Prue Henschke says pinot gris can be a “ho-hum” variety unless it is grown in the right place and this one shines with bright nectarine and stone fruit characters and plenty of palate weight. Great with sushi and sashimi.”
"There’s a beautifully fresh lemon edge here with hints of aniseed and melon. The palate has a fresh, chalky and supple feel with bright acidity and an elegant, long, fruity finish."
"Classy pinot gris off the Innes Vineyard in the eastern Adelaide Hills. Ultra pale in colour. Talc and citrus; floral and fruity. Such a pretty thing. Punchy flavour but disciplined and straight. Texture isn’t forgotten. Excellent. Drink now, drink well."