Granite Hills Pinot Blanc 2021
Similar to the Gruner Veltliner, the inspiration to plant a small section of Pinot Blanc was around its ability to work well with granite soils and is success in cool climates. Like the Gruner it has developed strongly in places like Alsace. With Llew’s belief that his pocket of Macedon is quite similar in terms of terroir he thought it wise to graft over a small section of Riesling and trial Pinot Blanc 8 years ago. The Pinot Blanc sits in the south west bank of the vineyard in one of the cooler sections of the property. Llew also picks the Pinot Blanc in mind with keeping a softer touch of acidity. Cool ferments, slightly longer than the Gruner and estate Riesling allow for the Nashi pear character to balance out those honey suckle characters and green apple characters. Llew believes the addition of Pinot Blanc allows for showcasing the versatility of Macedon and is a very underrated grape that he feels his region is one of the few places that can produce a fuller bodied Pinot Blanc like Alsace and still showcase its hint of spice and floral characters that he feels is integral in expressing the variety. 100% stainless steel with a moderate amount of lees stirring. Like the Gruner Veltliner, only 250 dozen is produced each year on average.
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