Ottelia Pinot Gris

Ottelia Pinot Gris 2017

Coonawarra, South Australia   |    750ml   |    12.6%
John Innes is a 30-year veteran of Coonawarra, with a deep knowledge of it and the surrounding region that he is putting to good use with his Ottelia project. John & Melissa Innes have sourced a selection of fruit from premium parcels that John has been cultivating for many years around the Coonawarra and beyond.

Ottelia Pinot Gris has been one of our most popular white wines of the past couple of years and the 2017 Ottelia Pinot Gris is again in super form. This is a Pinot Gris of vibrancy and character; fresh, lifted aromas of fresh green apples, pear and lemon zest. The palate delivers subtle spice and minerality with apple and citrus flavours supported by some lively acidity. This is a high quality Australian Pinot Gris that will compliment seafood and Asian-inspired spicy dishes.

"This is a very more-ish, fruit-driven gris from vineyards at Robe and Mount Gambier made by Coonawarra's John Innes. Dry herb, potpourri aromas, the palate very refined and subtle with a nice touch of richness in the middle, before a fresh, cleansing aftertaste. A$22" - Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller Wine, Dec/ Jan 2018.

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Only available for purchase in 6 bottle increments.
Prior to establishing Ottelia John Innes served a 30‐year apprenticeship in wine making. It started as a 17 year old growing up in Bathurst, NSW. Despite not having a strong connection to wine making, though his parents were known to bottle their own Mudgee red on occasion, he knew he wanted to be a winemaker.

A few years and a few detours later, he was studying Wine Science and working as an assistant to the esteemed Italian wine maker Carlo Corino, considered one of the best in the game.

A move to Coonawarra followed where John worked as a winemaker for 20 vintages, and then as a winemaking consultant.

He knows the Limestone Coast well, its wine growing regions of Coonawarra, Wrattonbully, Mount Benson and Mount Gambier, their different soils, their climates. That’s the background, the knowledge and the enthusiasm John brings to Ottelia.

Ottelia Ovalifolia is the horticultural name for the waterlily that blooms with white and purple flowers on John and Melissa’s property, it hosts a chorus of native frogs at night and provides the namesake for John’s fascination, his wine label Ottelia.

Historically the hardy native grew abundantly across the region; borrowing the name for the wine seemed fitting given the years invested in working in the area’s vineyards.
South Australia
The 2017 Pinot Gris is a blend of fruit from the Zanello family in Robe (75%) and the Ellis family in Mount Gambier (25%). The regions of Robe and Mount Gambier are both within the Limestone Coast. The combination of fruit from these vineyards and regions has allowed us to assemble a wine with excellent structure and appeal. Mount Gambier and Robe are perched on the Southern Ocean and have typically cool to moderate day and night temperatures, ideal for the flavour, structure and textural development of this delicate variety.

The 2017 growing season saw a mild summer with cool ripening conditions, similar to the 2016 growing season and proved close to ideal for Pinot Gris. The fruit from Robe was harvested first, followed by the Mount Gambier fruit over the following weeks.

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