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Details for Eden Road ‘The Long Road’ Pinot Gris


CountryAustralia
Region
New South Wales
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AppellationNew South Wales
Grape
Pinot Grigio / Gris
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Year2015
Producer
Eden Road Wines
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ABV12.7%


New South Wales

New South Wales is the birthplace of Australian wine, although it was soon overtaken in importance by South Australia.  It’s home to Australia’s oldest continuous wine region – the famous Hunter Valley.
 
The Hunter owes its existence more to its proximity to Sydney than to the climate, which this far north is subtropical.  By Australian standards there is plenty of rain to balance the sweltering summer heat, so the vines don’t have to be irrigated.  Unfortunately most of it falls in the autumn months, making vintages here every bit as variable as in France.  Nevertheless, the volcanic soils produce elegant and ageworthy Shiraz, full-throttle Chardonnay and underappreciated, even more ageworthy Semillon.
 
Inland lies the vast, and even hotter, Riverina region.  Its irrigated vineyards produce huge volumes of jug wine and some interesting botytised stickies and fortified ‘ports’.
 
Other NSW wine regions lie south of the Hunter, and generally at high altitude to keep temperatures down.  Mudgee is long established but others are rather newer, including Orange, Hilltops, Gundagai, and Canberra District.  These produce elegant, cool-climate Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Riesling.  The most southerly of them all, high-altitude Tumbarumba, specialises in Chardonnay and sparkling wines.
 


Eden Road Wines

A boutique winery that’s nevertheless one of the biggest names in the Canberra District wine region of New South Wales.  When industry giant Hardy’s pulled out of the District in 2007, they left a legacy of grapegrowers, winemakers and facilities built up over the previous decade.  Newly-formed Eden Road moved into the abandoned Kamberra winery, sharing the space with several other small producers.
 
At first Eden Road had no vineyards of their own, sourcing their fruit from growers who had previously supplied Hardy’s.  Nevertheless, with their very first 2008 vintage of The Long Road Shiraz they won the 2009 Jimmy Watson Trophy, Australia’s most famous red wine award.  Soon outgrowing their corner of Kamberra, in 2011 they bought the Moran winery up the road in Murrumbateman along with its famous Doonkuna vineyard, one of the oldest in the region.
 
Winemaker Nick Spencer joined in 2008 and now runs the show, crafting cool-climate reds from Shiraz and Pinot Noir, whites from Riesling and Chardonnay and an unusual skin contact rosé from Pinot Gris.  Fruit comes from the estate vineyard and from nearby high-altitude vineyards in Tumbarumba and Gundagai.
 

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