The Spring Seed Poppy Pinot Grigio is a light, crisp wine with a gentle nose of pear and citrus. Its smooth and silk-like texture makes for a highly appealing style.
It works well as an aperitif with friends or enjoyed with seafood, light pasta dishes or with mild cheeses.
You can make two styles of wine with this variety; Grigio comes from the mountains in the north east of Italy (Fruili) and is fresher and lighter than the Pinot Gris which hails from the Alsace. We are aiming for the Grigio style (hence the name on the bottle!) and because of this, we pick early and at night and ferment the wine in stainless steel.
Picking the Spring Seed Poppy Pinot Grigio at night helps us keep the grapes cool and protect the natural acidity of the wine. We don’t mature the wine in oak at all.
We aim for the Italian rendition of this variety when it comes to making ‘Poppy’. We want light and fresh rather than weighty and unctuous.
As such, we pick early and at night and ferment the grapes in stainless steel tanks, making sure we keep the grapes cool to help retain flavour and acidity. ‘Poppy’ does not spend any time in oak at all.
The vineyard was established in the early 1970’s by Peter and Anthea Bosworth, and is now owned and run by their son Joch, who began the conversion to organic viticulture in 1995. The vines are fully certified ‘A’ grade organic by Australian Certified Organic, a process that takes four years and involves yearly audits and random sampling of produce.
The Spring Seed Wine labels are unashamedly inspired by vintage flower seed packets created at the turn of the last century. The colour, clarity and beauty of the original seed packets are quite remarkable. We chose three different flower images to adorn each one of our McLaren Vale wines, simply because they are quite lovely. The Aster Pinot Noir has the Aster (Callistephus chinensis), Foxglove (Digitalis pupurea) and Hollyhocks (Alcea rosea) labels.