2016 Doctoressa di Lago Pinot Grigio
Zonte’s Footstep has been on a quest to find and grow the world’s best white varities in regions that express the fruit’s best attributes for more than a decade.
The Doctoressa di Lago, or Lake Doctor is a cooling breeze that courses over Lake Alexandrina from the Great Southern Ocean which arrives each summer afternoon to revive our vines and vignerons alike from the summer heat of the day. Our beloved Adelaide Hills Pinot Grigio vineyard, overlooks in the distance the blue beauty of Lake Alexandrina in the distant south longing for relief she produces.
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The Doctoressa di Lago, or Lake Doctor is a cooling breeze that courses over Lake Alexandrina from the Great Southern Ocean which arrives each summer afternoon to revive our vines and vignerons alike from the summer heat of the day. Our beloved Adelaide HIlls Pinot Grigio vineyard, overlooks in the distance the blue beauty of Lake Alexandrina in the distant south longing for relief she produces.
The fruit for the Doctoressa di Lago is sourced from hand tended blocks in the Woodside sub-region of the Adelaide Hills. The harvested fruit is destemmed and crushed into stainless steel tanks with only the finest quality free run juice being chilled to 5 degrees celcius to preserve the expression of the fruit. Fermentation takes place in these tanks where the wine is allowed to complete a natural malo-lactic fermentation if it occurs. It is then racked off gross lees and cold settled prior to bottling This results in a wine with purity of fruit that is unpretentious and eminently satisfying to allow for regular indulgence.
(This is how late chairman Evans OBE made us all do it. Vale Len. Vintage 1930; Decanted 2006.)
Colour: Pale straw with a tinge of green hue.
Nose: Pure fresh pear, effusive melon and hints of white peach on the nose. Along with fresh floral scents weaving their way across the white fruit spectrum.
Entry: Just like biting into a fresh pear, more Nashi than other varieties, slightly chilled of course. Crisp and fine. Middle Palate: Surprisingly soft considering the zingy and following tight finish.
After Palate: The fresh acidity coupled with an enticing spice quality through the back-end of the palate make this a really interesting but refreshing.
Finish: A seamless and zingy pure fruit finish. Refreshing flavoursome and fine.
In Summary: All in all a pure pear Pinot Grigio with excellent lifted smells and deft acidity that make it the perfect aperitif of wine for shellfish. Delicate and delightful.
Grapes and sulphur dioxide.
Other ingredients used in the winemaking process:
- Cultivated yeast.
- yeast nutrients.
At the time of bottling (11.07.2016), this wine contained: - 93ppm Total SO2
- 45 ppm Free SO2
Varietal Blend: 100% Pinot Grigio GI: Adelaide Hills
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
TA: 6.45 g/L
RS: 3.0 g/L
750mL: 93303910000121 Dozen: 19330391000128
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Gold Medal/91 points
Sommelier Challenge 2016
James Halliday Wine Companion 2018
"Made in a 'clinical' fashion to preserve freshness and purity of fruit. Plenty of juicy varietal character to be found, with sweet pear and musky spice all through the bouquet and palate. Certainly fresh, and nicely textured, the acidity gathers at the finish in timely fashion. Pretty much does everything asked of it with ease. "
Finalist - Provisional Award Winner
Sydney International Wine Competition 2017
Winestate Magazine, Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2017 (to be featured in May/June 2017 edition)
National Cool Climate Wine Show 2016
Winemaker Challenge 2016