90 points James Halliday 2017 Australian Wine Companion
Pinot Gris is well suited to cooler viticultural climates, and fruit for this wine is sourced from outstanding vineyards in the Adelaide Hills. The 2015 vintage saw Above average winter rainfall resulted in full soil profiles. This was followed by dry and above average spring temperatures giving an early start to the growing season. Warmer than
average condition’s continued, but thankfully no major heatwaves occurred. Following a cool January we experienced some short periods of heat in February but mostly mild days and many cool nights allowed even ripening and ideal flavour development.
Machine harvested in the cool of the night, the fruit was destemmed and immediately pressed. 80% of the fruit was cool fermented in stainless steel, with the remainder fermented in older French oak on high solids to add texture and complexity to the wine. The wine was then matured on yeast lees for 8 to 12 weeks.
The 2015 East Argyle Pinot Gris is a classic example of the sensational quality and varietal expression in Pinot Gris from the cool climate Adelaide Hills region. Made in a style to maximise the textural elements in the wine, it has sweet and spicy pear characters, combined with baked cheesecake and vanilla ice cream flavours, complemented by sweet spices of nutmeg and cinnamon. The palate is finely textured and richly flavoured, full of peach, apricot and pear that lead to a long, clean finish. An elegant and complex wine that will drink beautifully on release but will certainly stand up to a few years in the cellar.
Grant Burge East Argyle Pinot Gris