Summary: The wine regions of the great state of Victoria are some of Australia’s most picturesque and historical. Today we can expect to see exciting wines and evocative wine styles as common fare. Hare & Tortoise represents the steady pursuit of fine, individual, regional wines of great drinkability & interest through patience, knowledge and a hands-off approach to winemaking.
Vineyard: Sourced from the better blocks of an established vineyard in the heart of King Valley. Here the site has perfect drainage and high fertility allowing for good vigour as with much of King Valley. Keen canopy management helps to ensure sunlight is optimised for berry ripeness whilst the coolness of night maintains the all-important bracing acidity.
Winemaking: Hand-picked in the morning before the warmth of the day, hand-sorted prior to whole bunch pressing and fermentation in stainless steel. Some time on lees in tank has softened the wines edges and helped create a wonderfully bright, aromatic wine with full flavours yet subtlety and texture.
2018 Vintage: 2018 in King Valley is shaping to be a very good one. Optimal conditions prevailed throughout the growing season all the way through to picking for each variety. Pinot Gris/Grigio, Prosecco and the red varieties are all showing great varietal definition and the classic freshness the region is renowned for.
Tasting Note: Pale in colour with radiant green and yellow hues. Freshly cut pear, lemons, ginger and faint pine needle aromas lead to a mouth-filling burst of fruit flavour. Pear, green apple, light spices and white flowers on the palate are pulled tight by refreshing acidity. A satisfyingly easy wine to have on it’s own but will partner well with fresh salads, seafood and white meat dishes.
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