2022 Ludo Mt Torrens Alluvium Pinot Grigio Rosé15205
WINEMAKER: Marcell Kustos
REGION: Adelaide Hills, SA
VARIETY: Pinot Grigio
No rosé release this time round, but this skin-contact Pinot Grigio looks and drinks like a rosé in many ways. From a single vineyard in Mt Torrens, farmed organically by Mike and Margaret Sparrow, whom we've worked with for three years. The grapes were hand-harvested from the bottom of the slope, dominated by deep alluvial clay, sand and gravel. Fermented with native yeast and racked into a single French hogshead after 7 days on skins. Kept on fine lees for 10 months and bottled unfined, unfiltered, with only 25 ppm SO2 added. We held this wine back to release it at its full potential after developing nutty, nougat characters to match the primary fruits and gravelly texture. 28 doz produced.
"A glistening apricot hue in the glass with aromas of quince, cantaloupe and tangerine skin. A touch of dried pineapple and pear puree lingers. There are distinct ripe peachy qualities on the palate with a driving force of acidity and gentle kernel nuttiness. Skin tannins and taut and gritty but interplay nicely with the abundance of fruit. A wine for the lovers of skinsy wines and a clean and well-focused example. This would look beautiful beside a pork terrine with mustard and pickles." 90 Points, Shanteh Wale, Winepilot.com