If you have read my blog about our recent anniversary dinner at Jupiters, you know that I love my wines.
I was impressed with the T’Gallant Imogen Pinot Gris that we had with our baked snapper and thought you might want to learn a bit more about the grape variety and the development of the Pinot G Style wines.
Here are the tasting notes from the winery (This is an excerpt from the Winemaker’s website): “The T’Gallant winemaking style is expressive. Kevin McCarthy’s wine making is artisan and pure, reflecting the character of the maritime Mornington Peninsula. Wines are made with European influences and often an Australian twist on well-known European wine styles.
T’Gallant Imogen Pinot Gris is a generous and weighty Pinot Gris, potent and true to style.
Aroma The nose is ripe and very complex with floral notes and touches of tropical fruit.
PalateThe palate is succulent, generous with great weight and richness.
Food Matching The perfect match with roasted quail and a side salad of parmesan, pear and rocket. Imogen also works well with crispy skin Vietnamese pork belly.
Can be cellared for up to four years, which will introduce mushroom and honey aromas with subtle nutty flavours on the palate.
T’Gallant is a rustic elegant winery, nestled in the vine-slashed hills of the Mornington Peninsula, where Kevin McCarthy realised his vision for creating Pinot Grigio influenced by the cool maritime climate. His understanding of the suitability of the Mornington Peninsula to support strong and productive grapevines created a flourishing region. And sophisticated and complex wines.
The Cellar Door is rich with the history of Kevin’s winemaking. The ambient revamped shed has represented extraordinary T’Gallant wine for 15 years, showcasing the evolving repertoire for which T’Gallant – and Kevin McCarthy – are renowned.
Kevin McCarthy was the first in Australia to make premium Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris. Kevin’s philosophy as a winemaker dramatically evolved when he arrived on the Mornington Peninsula in the late 80s. He directed his focus on viticulture, knowing this was the key to making the greatest wine.”
Kevin contracted out many vignerons to grow Pinot Gris on the Mornington Peninsula as well as provided the management company that would harmoniously produce the superior vintages he desired.
T’Gallant winemaking style is expressive. Natural warm fermentations ensure gossamer-like yeast aroma. Each wine is assessed regularly on its journey to the bottle. Reductive characters are blown off with air. Gentle fining, when required, uses natural proteins found in isinglass and egg white. Blends of vineyards occur after fermentation; however the knowledge of a vineyard’s destiny has occurred many years before.
Kevin was inspired to plant Pinot Grigio vines in two vineyards on the Mornington Peninsula. To his surprise, the wines from each vineyard showed 2 distinct styles of the same grape variety. One displaying the crisp Pinot Grigio style from Northern Italy whilst the other showing more luscious Pinot Gris texture from Northern France. Pinot Grigio is the Italian name for the French variety Pinot Gris. The Italian tendency to pick the grapes earlier produces a racy and savoury style whilst the French wait for riper flavours and the palates are fuller and fatter.
Following this discovery, Kevin embarked on a journey to Friuli in Italy and Alsace in France to learn more about this remarkable grape variety. He witnessed the true versatility of styles and returned to T’Gallant inspired to make wines reflective of this broad spectrum.
T’Gallant became Australia’s leader in this cool climate grape variety.
However, after many years making these wines and educating people about this spectrum of styles, there are many wineries naming their wines differently—it presented a conundrum—how can we simply explain the difference between Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris?
Once again, Kevin pioneered a significant evolution for the grape variety by working with AWRI (Australian Wine Research Institute) to develop the Pinot G Style Spectrum. A scale, which shows the individual finger print of each Pinot G wine and where it sits in the spectrum of wine styles.”