Seabrook Lineage Pinot GrigioRegular price $22.00
|Aroma & Palate||Mineral with lemon sherbet and nashi pear, lifted acidity
“Grigio” rather than the Francophone “Gris” after Pinot has often been an excuse for lazy winemaking that sacrifices structure or interest in favour of raw quaffability, but here Seabrook have resisted the urge to use the Italian label as any type of excuse to be boring.
Beautifully pale, with plenty of the mineral character you’d associate with the Adelaide Hills and an assertive acidity that’d make this a perfect food wine, though we like it just fine without.
The 2019 Adelaide Hills Pinot Grigio has lovely aromas of fresh-cut pears and peaches accented by soft citrus blossom notes. The palate is bursting with juicy nashi pear, honeydew melon and lemon sherbet flavours beautifully balanced with bright crunchy acidity.
Below-average winter rainfall, followed by a warm and dry spring, provided the perfect stage for a great vintage. A hot dry December and then cooler temperatures in the new year with rainfall around veraison in late January/early February. This brought relief to our early-ripening varieties that were beginning to show signs of stress and rapid ripening. The result was excellent conditions for natural acid retention and clean fruit. This was followed by further rainfall in early March, which eased the stress on the late-ripening varieties, allowing them to mature towards a predicted earlier harvest due to an early Easter. Overall harvest, was characterised by average yields but very high quality.
The Pinot Grigio is grown on a single vineyard site in the Gumeracha region of the Adelaide Hills. Being the more northern part of the Hills, temperatures are mildly warmer. The vines are planted in shallow loam over rock and granular soils. The vine age is near 20 years and they are spur pruned on single cordon arm. The aspect is fairly flat and even although surrounded by hills. In drier years this vineyard gets severely frosted.
About the Winery
The Seabrook family have been involved in just about every part of the Australian wine industry almost as long as such a thing has existed, but 5th-generation Seabrook scion Hamish is the first to venture into full winemaking. The revived Seabrook label pays homage to the W.J. Seabrook & Son blends of the 19th century, and the wines themselves are hands-on single-vineyard efforts made with an attention to detail generations in the making.