Neil Prentice’s Holly’s Garden wines are made from biodynamically tended vines grown in Whitlands, Victoria, at 750 m altitude. Normally, the prospect of drinking Australian Pinot Gris doesn’t thrill me, but this wine is different. Neil showed his commitment to it by planting 6 hectares, which along with 4 hectares of Pinot Noir constitutes his vine holdings here. It has energy, life and complexity, and I’m very impressed. Neil’s day job is farming Wagyu beef at his parents’ property in Gippsland, where he also has the Moondarra vineyard.
Holly’s Garden Pinot Gris 2013 Victoria, Australia
12.5% alcohol. Very distinctive honeyed, spicy, grapey nose with a bit of smokiness. The palate is textured and ripe yet fresh with ripe apples, citrus, some honey and some grapey richness. Lovely mineral notes and good complexity, in a dry style. Thought provoking and an amazing bargain. 92/100 (UK agent Indigo Wines; Noel Young stock this for £11.99)
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