Fox Creek are based in McLaren Vale but head to the Hills for this still relatively unknown (in Australia) Italian variety. Pecorino also is an Italian Sheep cheese as it translates to “Little Sheep.” It’s had a bit of a tough history, thought to be extinct in the mid 20th century until brought back to life by a researcher investigating an old vineyard in the Marche area of Italy. This one was grown in the Amadio Vineyard in the Adelaide Hills though.
Fox Creek, Pecorino, Adelaide Hills, 2022
Pale lemon/straw colour. Soft aromas of yellow apples and light pear with barley water, kitchen herbs, hard cheese rind, beach sand, white peach tea and native blossom. Surprisingly weighty texture for such a delicate nose. Waxy apples and not-quite ripe white stone fruit all punctuated by a dry salinity and some seriously intense acidity. Unique.
RRP: $26 (expected, the 2021 is still for sale on the Fox Creek website at time of writing)
Wine sample courtesy of Fox Creek