Brokenwood Pinot Gris 2015 ~ Beechworth VIC

Tasting Notes

Lifted pear and floral aromas is definitely synonymous with Pinot Gris. The alcohol at 13.5% is balanced without any signs of oiliness and there’s plenty of musk fruit and natural richness from the slight phenolic grip that this variety has. The tropical fruit is balanced by a zesty acid.

Winemakers Comments

Pinot Gris is widely planted in Alsace, France and is in fact a mutation of Pinot Noir, best noted for its coloured berries and sometimes deeply coloured wine (for a white that is). Pinot Grigio, as it is known in Italy, ranges from a full bodied white to a rather plain wine if picked before full ripeness. In terms of winemaking technique, both the French and Italians often leave some juice solids in the ferment to produce a fuller style.

Here the wines benefit from the cooler terrior but still have richness to them. The true character of Alsatian Pinot Gris lies somewhere between the intense perfume and musk of Gewurztraminer, and the floral finesse and purity of Riesling.


Beechworth is a very important region for us and the vineyard has bounced back from the frosts of late 2014. An excellent winter and spring leading up to a fine summer, some rain in mid-January but not enough to cause any concern. After a recent walk through, the pick of varieties included the Pinot Gris, Chardonnay the Shiraz on own roots and Pinot Noir.

Processing involved crush, drain and chilling of the juice at Oxley. The racked juice is then transported to the Hunter where fermentation is in stainless steel. As per previous years approximately 5% had old oak barrel fermentation.


Great accompanied with the Alsace specialty, Foie Gras. A terrine or rich consommé will be just as enjoyable.


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