With fruit sourced from the Merricks Grove Vineyard in Merricks North, James Scarcebrook has employed several winemaking methods to make “another bloody Pinot Grigio” very interesting indeed. Fruit immediately pressed, then kept cool to separate the solids. A portion of the juice put into one large mature Hungarian oak puncheon (500L) while the majority of the juice was fermented in stainless steel. Malolactic fermentation was prevented for the stainless steel tank juice, while the barrel was allowed to go through malolactic fermentation. Not your usual Pinot Grigio indeed.
Vino Intrepido, Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing, Pinot Grigio, Mornington Peninsula, 2020
A solid showing of slow moving legs on the sides of the glass. A heady mix of varietal green pear, floral lychee, lemon juice and grapefruit citrus with an earthiness of chalk, ash and damp silt. A textural palate attack up front, carry some weight and drive before staying fresh and vibrant. Easily consumed without a second thought.
Rating: 17/20 (88/100)
Wine sample courtesy Vino Intrepido