Pike & Joyce Pinot Gris 2006
Pinot Gris/Grigio from South Australia, Australia
The Pike & Joyce vineyard, high up in the Adelaide Hills outside of the town of Lenswood, is a very special place. The steep slopes only permit hand pruning and harvesting. The fruit exhibits great intensity and purity. This '06 Pinot Gris is a beauty. Clean and fresh nectarine and pear flavors leap out of the glass. Hints of stone and flint linger all the way to the vibrant and long finish. This wine is both intensely flavored and wonderfully elegant. One of the best New World Pinot Gris's you are ever likely to taste. Enjoy whilst it is young and frisky.
Pike & Joyce Winery
Pike & Joyce is a new and exciting joint venture between Neil and Andrew Pike and the Joyce family. A newly planted vineyard has been established outside the township of Lenswood. What is going into bottle from such young vines is extraordinary. Stunning, racy Sauvignon Blanc, is vying for attention from a very serious Pinot Gris (Neil loves the variety). The Chardonnay has all the delicacy and yet intensity that a cool climate can deliver, and the Pinot Noir's a stunner. In fact the '02 soon to be released, won a Trophy at the Royal Melbourne Show and was a serious contender for the famed Jimmy Watson Trophy. View all Pike & Joyce WinesLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.