Quealy Pinot Grigio
Current Vintage: 2018
Certified organic. Drawn from organically farmed older vines on Quealy's Balnarring vineyard, this single-vineyard Pinot Grigio should serve as a beacon to those wine drinkers yearning for more gravitas from their Pinot Grigio. Here, the mature, dry-grown vines, shallow clay soils and restricted volume (circa 600-litres per tonne) are some of the keys to the wine's character. Then there is the Balnarring climate, which brings flavour early, thus allowing Quealy to pick with freshness in mind.
Here, Tom McCarthy has used only the free-run portion of the juice, conserving delicacy, vibrancy and fine natural acidity. There was zero sulphur used until after malolactic fermentation. A touch of barrel ferment has added depth, though there was no battonage. Both Quealy's Pinot Grigios performed beautifully in 2019: here we can see a little more saline, mineral influence over the Mornington blend.
It is not really summer in Melbourne until you’ve packed up the car and crammed every living friend and relative into the car for a day/weekend trip to the Mornington Peninsula. On the tail end of the Eastern Bay of Melbourne, you can expect to find a dynamic range of beach side living. From the low key, sleepy beach towns to bustling coastal communities - packed with arriviste private schools, cafes, boutiques, competitive polo and some of the most expensive strips of holiday home real estate serving some of the richest people in the nation. You might even catch a glimpse of Lindsay Fox landing his helicopter on his Portsea front beach mansion.
Unlike the pretences of its holiday makers, the region packs a punch now that wine making has returned to favour in the area after a period of decline. You can expect to find high quality, cool climate wines that deliver fresh, smooth mouthfeel and a sense of wanting more. We can’t get enough of summer in the peninsula, and the cracka’ selection of winemakers are a perfect pairing.
"Pitch-perfect pinot grigio. All ginger spiced nashi pear, lemon zest and pith with fennel and crunchy daikon. Palate has texture with light phenolics and fine acidity plus a moreish saline hit. Delicious." 95 points, Jane Faulkner, Winecompanion.com.au