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Pike & Joyce Pinot Gris 2005

Pinot Gris/Grigio from Australia
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Winemaker Notes

Fruit for this delicious Pinot Gris is sourced from this family owned vineyard high up in the Adelaide Hills. The wine exhibits classic bright and vibrant Pinot Gris characters. Vibrant citrus notes mingle with pear and nectarine characters with hints of lychee and other tropical fruits. The wine is both intensely flavored and delicate. Great balance and beautiful mouthfeel. Great with spicy foods or fresh seafood.

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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.

By far the largest and best-known winemaking province in Argentina, Mendoza is responsible for over 70% of the country’s enological output. Set in the eastern foothills of the Andes Mountains, the climate is dry and continental, presenting relatively few challenges for viticulturists during the growing season. Mendoza is divided into several distinctive sub-regions, including Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley—two sources of some of the country’s finest wines.

For many wine lovers, Mendoza is practically synonymous with Malbec, originally a Bordelaise variety brought to Argentina by the French in the mid-1800s. Here it found success and renown it never could have achieved in its homeland due to its struggle to ripen fully in finicky climates. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, and Pinot Noir are all widely planted here as well (and often blended with one another. The best white wines are made from Chardonnay, and there are excellent examples to be found as well from Torrontés, Sauvignon Blanc, and Sémillon.

Known for its big, bold flavors and supple texture, Malbec is most famous for its runaway success in Argentina. However, the variety actually originates in Bordeaux, where it historically contributed color and tannin to blends but was susceptible to viticultural problems. After being nearly wiped out by a devastating frost in 1956, it was never significantly replanted, although it did flourish under the name Côt in nearby Cahors. Malbec was brought to Argentina in 1868 by a French agronomist who saw great potential for the variety in Mendoza’s hot, high-altitude landscape, but did not gain its current reputation as the national grape of Argentina until a surge in popularity in the late 20th century thanks to its easy-going drinkability.

In the Glass

Malbec typically expresses deep flavors of freshly turned earth, black fruits from berries to plums, and licorice, appropriately backed by dense, chewy tannins. In warmer, New World regions, such as Mendoza, it can be quite intense and often needs time to mellow before becoming drinkable. In the Old World, its rusticity shines, with aged examples showing dusty notes of leather and tobacco. The best examples in all regions often possess a beguiling bouquet of violets.

Perfect Parings

Malbec’s rustic character begs for flavorful dishes, like spicy grilled sausages or the classic cassoulet of France’s Southwest. South American iterations are best enjoyed as they would be in Argentina: with a thick, juicy steak.

Sommelier Secret

If you’re trying to please a crowd, Malbec is generally a safe bet. With its combination of bold flavors and soft tannins, it will appeal to basically anyone who enjoys red wine. Malbec also wins bonus points for affordability, as even the most inexpensive examples are often quite good.

CADPJ02F05_2005 Item# 91266

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