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Holly's Garden Pinot Gris - King Valley

Holly's Garden Pinot Gris 2019 - King Valley

Vintage: 2019 | Type: Whites | Producer: Moondarra/Hollys Garden
Region: Victoria
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle size: 750ml

The Wine Front

$27.00: as part of any six
$30.00: single bottle
$324.00: per case of 12

Our style has evolved since our first vintage in 1997. We started off with a Zind Humbrich-inspired, super ripe, high alcohol and loads of residual sugar type wine. Today, our pinot gris style is more in line with modern Alsacian producers, like the wines from Domain Paul Blanc.

I have always relied on using lees and barrel fermentation, to bring middle palate complexity to a variety which, doesn’t display a great deal of overt fruitiness. I’ve also used oxidative juice handling and solids fermentation, with the view to bring complexity to the palate.

The constant, has been the extraordinarily high natural acidity our fruit producers, due to the high elevation of the vineyard. Most of us recognise the vital importance of terroir that pinot noir demands – as a fickle variety, incredibly sensitive to soil, aspect and microclimate.

To my mind, pinot gris is even fussier about its terroir – so, where and how it’s grown – and yet this rarely, if ever, rates consideration amongst consumers, sommeliers, critics, and even producers.

The regrettable result? A vast volume of forgettable, flabby, simple gris and grigio; made with little empathy for the demands of the variety and no understanding or consideration of its noble heritage.

My great faith in pinot gris owes just as much to its gustatory charm as it does to my memories of the pleasure of consuming great Alsacian wines. As a baby-waiter through the 80s, I drank poor-man’s White Burgundy, pressed upon me by the likes of Hermann Schneider and Curtis Marsh, as the great white hope. Not only could this wine match the searing spices used by chef David Thompson of Darley Street, but also the classic dishes of Hermann himself.

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The Wine Front
Holly’s Garden has been a standout, value-packed label for what feels an eon – the wines hit my radar back in Best Cellars retailing days for sure. This variety and wine is given noble status by winemaker Neil Prentice, and rightfully so, gris in the right hands is sublime and the variety can sing with judicious winemaking approach to build complexity. This has lots of detail in winemaking and time on lees in barrel. Superb example of proper gris. All slippery texture, chewiness and skinsy pucker, high floral perfume, some lushness whipped away on brisk acidity. There’s requisite pear character, some ripe apple, a slip of Parisian almond sweet-savouriness and good bitterness. Excellent length of flavour conspires with a general sense of compelling and good drinking. Geez this is good – proper, Proper Stuff.

Mike Bennie

Producers notes

In the cool-climate Whitlands high plateau region of Victoria, Holly's Garden is home to voluptuous pinot gris and artisan sparkling wines.

Grown at 750 metres in the deep volcanic soils of the Whitlands high plateau. Our little amphitheatre is the warmest site in the very cool region. The continental location gives cool evenings, which allows the vines to ‘rest’ at night and delays the accumulation of sugar whilst retaining acidity and building flavour. This prolonged ‘hang time’ due to delayed ripening is vital to the production of great wine, and helps create the featured structure and length of Holly’s Garden wines. 

The deep, open structure of the soil draw the roots downward, allowing us to keep with our no irrigation philosophy. Wines from these soil types typically have a ferrous, robust mineral character, giving our wines incredible length and balance. Some biodynamic viticulture is practiced, not for altruistic reasons, but to make better wine by growing better grapes.

To us, it is as much Pagan Viticulture as Biodynamic Viticulture, and is an inherited, instinctive understanding passed from parent to child, over many generations since the reformation of the church in Middle Europe. 


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