Fowles Are You Game Pinot Grigio 2021 (Strathbogie)
Pale straw with a hint of green, the 2021 vintage Fowles Are You Game Pinot Grigio has tropical notes of melon and white stone fruits meld with citrus blossom. Medium bodied with flavours of peach and melon with a fresh citrus crunch and lingering minerality on the finish.
2021 was a rare vintage where we had the unusual combination of higher yields and excellent quality and flavour. The Pinot Grigio crop was about 50% more than the preceding two years, and the skins were quite pink which is unique to the Pinot Grigio grape. The cooler conditions of vintage lead to more gradual ripening and generally better intensity in the fruit.
The fruit for this wine was harvested in March 2021 when the grapes had reached a good balance of sugar and natural acidity. To build a crisp, fruit forward Pinot Grigio, the wine was fermented in stainless steel using cultured yeast, which enhances the aromas and elegant structure in the wine. A dash of Riesling was added to the final blend which contributes some delicate floral notes to the aroma.
Fowles Wine vineyards and winery are located in the dramatic granite landscape of Strathbogie Ranges region of Victoria, Australia. Fowles Wine crafts some of Australia’s finest cool climate wines, winning many of Australia’s most prestigious wine medals and trophies. The Fowles Wine team is energetic and enterprising, continuing to break new ground by proudly taking the Strathbogie Ranges ‘message in a bottle’ to the world with some of Australia’s most exciting wines.
Sharing latitudinal pedigree with Gisborne in New Zealand; Sonoma and Napa Valleys in the USA; Mendoza in Argentina; Sicily in Italy and Jerez in Spain, Victoria is the southern-most and coolest State of mainland Australia, famed for its diverse wine regions and cool climate. Home to Fowles Wine vineyards and winery, the Strathbogie Ranges is characterised by massive granite boulders – the very boulders that have given rise, over millions of years, to the sandy loam soils in which our vines grow. This is a harsh Australian landscape with soil that is nutrient poor and retains very little water – difficult for farmers to grow livestock, but a wonderful landscape for grape growers seeking to grow fruit with great intensity. Couple these attributes with the cool climate, gentle aspect and glorious summer sunshine and the Strathbogie Ranges is an ideal region for growing grapes and making wine. The mean January temperature is 19.15°C and the average annual rainfall in our family vineyards is 700 mm (28 inches).