Origin: Murray Darling, Australia
Taste guide: Dry, light, Green fruit flavours (apples and pears), hints of citrus and melon, herbal notes, unoaked
75cl - 12% - screwcap
The Murray-Darling region is a fairly new defined winemaking area in Australia, straddling the states of New South Wales & Victoria and deriving its name from the two rivers, The Murray and The Darling, which run through the region. It is more defined than the all-encompassing South Eastern Australia region, seen on the vast majority of volume Aussie wines, thereby offering more distinct wines.
The climate is warm to hot with long sunshine hours resulting in lively tropical fruit characters in white wines. The soils are unique to the Murray River system and are technically known as calcareous.
The winery, based in Mildura, takes the name "Spee'Wah" from a legendary land, and this particular label, "Crooked Mick", recognises an equally legendary character who lived there.
The Head Winemaker, Liz Richardson worked at many award-winning wineries before joining Spee' Wah, including a couple of years study and winemaking in Italy. She has brought this wealth of experience and knowhow to produce this superb Pinot Grigio, using Australian modernity to a wine which is a good example of a combined French and Italian style Pinot Grigio.
The grapes were harvested in the cool of the night to retain freshness and varietal character. Pressed gently to avoid too much tannin, the juice was fermented at a low temperature in stainless steel using specific yeast strains. The wine was then stored on its lees to create texture and mouthfeel, before being fined, finished and bottled.
The result is a light and fresh wine with powerful fruity flavours of lemon, melon and quince, with good acidity. This is a rich and satisfying wine, Italian in style but with a nod to an Alsace Pinot Gris.
Imported by the renowned Bibendum Wine, primarily for the restaurant trade, but seen on other websites at £8.99 and upwards.
Just £6.50 at Binendwines.