2021 Merchant Pinot Grigio
When Giovanni Patritti sailed from Genoa, Italy in 1925, he thought he was destined for California in the USA, where he would meet his sister. Mistakenly, he boarded The Palermo, bound for Port Adelaide. Thus accidentally marking the start of the Patritti story in Australia.
The Adelaide Hills wine region has a reputation for producing some of Australia’s most exciting cool climate wines. With an average elevation around 600 metres the climate is significantly cooler than the neighbouring areas. Cool, dry summers and an autumn ripening period produce a balanced fruit flavour profile and natural acidity.
Hand picked from a single site in the Adelaide Hills, the fruit was carefully de-juiced to minimise colour extraction and the need for fining. Free-run juice was cold settled then cool fermented in stainless steel fermenters. The finished wine was bottled as soon as possible after fermentation to maintain maximum fruit expression and freshness.
Light pale straw in colour. On the nose aromas of white peach, pear and apple are in abundance. The palate is light, crisp and balanced in the grigio style. Citrus and peach flavours persist with the long refreshing finish.