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About This Wine
The Piccadilly sub-region may be small, yet the undulating topography means the difference between its sites can be pronounced. This 2019 Piccadilly Valley Pinot Noir was sourced predominantly from Ashton Hills, and then blended with small parcels from the neighbouring Blefari Vineyard and Jim Grigg’s Cemetery Block in Uraidla. When compared to the estate site, the Uraidla has deeper soil and lying further down the valley it is warmer, has less rainfall and is less humid. In an average year, the Grigg vineyard will be picked a couple of weeks earlier than the Ashton Hills vineyard, though at the same ripeness. The addition of the Blefari block on Bickles Road, Summertown (named after the Blefari family who manage the site), comes courtesy of the Wirra Wirra connection. The site lies close enough to Ashton Hills that Paul Smith reckons he could land a golf ball in the Blefari vines from Stephen George’s house. For his part, Stephen George is delighted with the opportunity to work with fruit from a site he believes produces the most Burgundian-style Pinot he has seen in the Ashton Hills’ vineyards. Still, we should note that only 20% of this wine is sourced from the latter two, non estate sites.
The Adelaide Hills is one of the largest geographical wine regions in Australia, and amongst the most diverse in terms of climate, soil and topography. Because of this, many different varietals are planted here with the most dominant being Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. It is generally thought of as a cooler region, especially when compared to neighbouring Barossa to the north and Mclaren vale and Langhorne Creek to the south.
NZ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has been popular in Australia for a while now, but Adelaide hills Sauvignon Blanc (the most planted grape in the region) could be considered the Aussie Savvy Blanc. From www.adelaidehillswine.com.au about their Sauvignon Blanc: “Wines that are textured, edgy, vibrant and dry with exceptional fruit definition, length and crispness that marry superbly with summer seafood.”
You can also find some cool climate shiraz from the Adelaide hills, defying the more common big bold style that is usually seen in Australian Shiraz.