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2020 Smokestack Lightning Pinot Gris

Yarra Valley, VIC

Serious wine but seriously delicious - this is the way Pinot Gris should be made.

$40.00

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About

About The Wine

The Smokestack Lightning wines from Dave Macintosh are interesting takes on white varieties made with some portion of skin contact and as little intervention as possible.

They are pure expressions of vineyards with amazing vitality. A cleaner, more grown-up version of the amber wine scene, you might say.

The SCPG (Skin Contact Pinot Gris) shows almost more in common with a Rosé than a white. The natural blushed pink tones of the Pinot Gris skin really getting a chance to shine in this release.

This version spent 11 days on skins then hung out in a barrel for a while to really hit its straps.

It's a voluptuous version of the variety which doesn't compromise on freshness. It's excellent drinking all round.

About Arfion

New Zealand born Dave "Bro" Mackintosh is the head man at Arfion.

After cutting his teeth at Oyster Bay, Dave settled in Victoria's Yarra Valley and after working with Steve Flamsteed at Giant Steps, began his own brand Arfion: which means 'Our Wine' in Scottish Gaelic.

Dave is all about letting the fruit do the talking, guiding rather than forcing, constantly searching for the simplest way to get young, energetic wines into the bottle for people to enjoy.

His Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio are all effortless examples of wines made with a ‘less is more’ mentality. By working with some of the best growers in the Yarra Valley, Dave has put together a gorgeous range of wines that have interest and drinkability in spades.

Winemaker Dave
Winemaker Dave 'Bro' Mackintosh
Yarra Valley, VIC
Additional Info

From The Producer

Lower Yarra Valley Pinot Gris from the grey ironstone rich soils of the Yarra Station Vineyard near Yarra Glen.

VOLUME = 1200 x 750mL bottles.

100% whole bunch wild ferment that extracts colour / flavour / aroma and tannin in a carbonic way.

11 days on skins then pressed to old puncheons where it goes through full malolactic fermentation prior to 8 months ageing at cool temps.

No adds apart from a bit of sulphur at bottling.

No fining or filtration.

Blend : Pinot Gris (100%)
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2024
Bottle Size : 750ml

Photo Cred: Josh Geelen
Photo Cred: Josh Geelen
Yarra Valley, VIC
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

Dizzyingly floral perfume - musk, turkish delight, middle eastern spices and roses. The smells escape from the glass in a puff. It's round and cuddly but framed by lovely grippy tannins. They're gentle, chalky, sure, but never severe. Tastes of rosewater and cooled rosehip tea. Pinot Gris out on the town. Very nicely done. - Different Drop Wine Team

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