Hamish and Kate Laurie continue a five generation winemaking tradition. Devoted to the high altitude sites of the Adelaide Hills and with Kate’s French oenology training the wines they produce are at once traditional and contemporary. With a fiery passion to create premium bottle fermented and aged sparkling together with aromatic whites that can genuinely cellar, their signature style is focussed, textural, restrained and balanced. At Deviation Road every sip reveals a little of this mystery; a taste of the terroir, a glimpse at the season, a hint of the science and a wink to the heritage that crafts its existence.
This Pinot Gris fruit was hand‐picked in two passes at differing ripeness to produce a wine with fine structure and lifted fruit aromas. The earlier pick provides the tight acid and restraint with the riper pick adding body and richness. Partial barrel ferment in older barriques with weekly lees stirring over three months has given extra depth and added complexity on the palate.
Earthy, mineral aromas first come from the glass, while the taste is intense and fills the mouth. It has concentration and depth of flavour, the finish also lingering well. Bright acidity is nicely integrated with the wine. The finishes refreshes. A very good gris. Rating: 90 Points; Huon Hooke
Attention to detail from vineyard to winery-as with the other wines in the swag-is apparent: hand picking, the use of older wood for fermentation (30%) and a meld of wild and cultured yeast for fermentation. The result: Granny Smith apple, fennel, anise and a sluice of pear gelato dousing the acidity with a juiciness that mitigates a verdant edge to the finish. A tad riper, perhaps? Rating: 92 Points; Ned Goodwin; Halliday Wine Companion
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