Avani 'Amrit' Skins Pinot Gris 2018
1 or more bottles$31.99
Incredible skin contact Gris - amazing to see such quality at the price. Briny tang, high acidity, minerals, stone fruit, citrus, and a touch of spice. Fruity and elegant. Subtle orange and honeyed notes mixed with spices making it wonderfully seductive.
Winemaker and viticulturist Shashi Singh has been a vigneron on the Mornington Peninsula for the last 15 years. From 2005 to 2012 Shashi worked closely with Phillip Jones from Bass Phillip Wines in assisting him in crafting some of the best ever vintages of Bass Phillip.
"Amrit is the outstanding Avani wines ‘second label’, but that’s downplaying things. It’s a side project, one could say, non-estate fruit, but carefully selected, sustainably grown, and then vinified on the home farm. There are two pinot gris under this label, one that sees some judicious skin contact (this one) and one that evidently gets time on lees and barrel but not the same maceration. They are both outstanding, if not, in Australia’s leading sect for this fascinating variety." Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
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The wine region of Victoria has the highest number of grapevines than any other state in Australia. It is home to over 600 wineries and well-known regions such as Yarra Valley, Heathcote, and Rutherglen. Victoria is situated in the southeastern corner of Australia where due to the location, the climate has a cool maritime influence and is known for its outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, along with producing Australia’s most famed dessert Muscat and Topaque wines.
There are a number of different terroir levels throughout the wine region of Victoria which leads to the production of different ranges of wines. In the southern region of Victoria, the vines are regulated by the cool winds of the Bass Strait. Central Victoria consists of mostly flat terrain that tends to be drier and warmer than the rest of Victoria, which results in more fruit concentrated wines. It may be surprising to note that Victoria is the third most productive wine region in Australia, seeing as it does not have as many areas suitable for viticulture, which has resulted in the cellar door culture of Victoria being concentrated with smaller, but more personal boutique wineries.
The quality of Mornington Peninsula wines has skyrocketed in the past few years, and no grape variety has done so more than Pinot Noir wrote Huon Hooke back in 2012 in the Sydney Morning Herald. Rightly too, for the wines are superb and have been compared to the magnificent Vosnee Romanee.
The cool climate region to the South of Melbourne experiences a maritime climate ideally suited to the cultivation of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Shiraz (Syrah) and Pinot Gris. The maritime climate is greatly influenced by Bass Straight and Port Philip Bay high winds. The winds limit frost and humidity which in turn limits mould and mildews which can plague Pinot vines grown elsewhere.
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