GOOD WINE GUIDE 2011 – 'BEST OF THE REST' – PINOT GRIS
by Nick Stock
'Described as Pinot Gris ‘Plus’ on the label; Brian Freeman has added some riesling, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and aleatico – if only more winemakers were similarly inspired. This is a beautiful-smelling wine, with rich, sweet pears and poached apple, some citrus, fresh basil leaf and melon too. The palate has terrific intensity and verve; clear acid cut holds pear drop and citrus flavour in long and deep. Low-yielding vines really deliver convincingly here.’
93 POINTS (= 'Seriously great wine with all aspects of style and quality in top form. Well ahead of the pack.')
GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE – STAR PERFORMERS
by Nick Bulleid
'A lovely full-flavoured wine that's round in the mouth after a soft entry, before a savoury texture. Peter Bourne described it as 'pink grapefruit, honey, gentle.'
89 POINTS + 4 Stars
AUSTRALIAN WINE BUSINESS TOP 100
by Nick Stock
'This is a handy blended white, a beautiful nose with rich fragrance, pears and poached apples, some citrus and melon too. The palate has juicy intensity and verve; clear acid cut holds pear and citrus flavour in balanced shape.'
by Gary Walsh
'A quirky blend of Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Aleatico and a couple of Poppers stolen from some children’s lunch boxes.Brown apple, pear, a touch of mineral/petrol, stonefruit etc. etc. so a complex spectrum of fruit flavours. It’s dry and textural with some phenolic grip and has a waxy sort of mouthfeel, for want of a better descriptor. Nice tweak on the finish with some pithy bitter lemon flavours. It’s a weighty powerful wine that would complement food really well and I’ve written ‘Foodies Wine’ in my notes, which is my shorthand for that sort of thing. All very interesting. '
FINANCIAL REVIEW MAGAZINE
by Philip Rich
'A terrific blend...with its nod to the blended wines of Friuli. Aromas of pear, apple, lemon, white flowers – even a little aniseed - lead into the textured, refreshing, long palate.'
AUSTRALIAN WINE VINTAGES 2011
by Robert Geddes MW
'Blending pinot gris, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc is a path rarely travelled in Australia. This is juicy in youth with round rich flavours and zingy acidity turning savoury with age.'
4 Stars, 2008 Vintage 90 POINTS
GOURMET TRAVELLER - TOP DROPS
‘A marvelously textural example of the multi-varietal Friulian-inspired blend. Rich tasting...this is both honey-soft and tangy.'
HOUSE & GARDEN - TONI'S TOP DROPS
Toni Paterson MW
‘Although pinot gris is on the label it's the other varieties in the blend that are responsible for its charm. Enjoy the floral fresh pear and lemon flavours.'
GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE
Max Allen + Will Studd
‘Combines a mouth-filling, creamy richness of texture with a lively tang – the perfect balance of characters to complement Asiago ewe’s milk cheese.’
CENTRAL WESTERN DAILY
'Aromas of lemon, melon, minerals and candy with a whisper of herbs.
The full flavoured palate includes…grapefruit and sherbert with a subtle smokiness and a pleasant bite on the back palate.'