Queenie Pinot Grigio 2018

Queenie Pinot Grigio 2018


Our nonna arrived in Adelaide by boat from Italy in 1935 and we have named this wine after her in celebration of her life and the values that continue to influence our growing families.

This Italian-style wine is produced with love and shows all the hallmarks of a traditional Italian Pinot Grigio; fresh, crisp and convivial, it has flavours of crunchy nashi pear, orange blossom and quince.

It is excellent company with a variety of foods, particularly during the warmer months.

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Grown on a south-western facing slope atop the Longview estate, this Pinot Grigio shows all the hallmarks of a traditional Italian style. The nose is overflowing with nashi pear and white blossom notes. The palate is crisp and dry with delicate green apple fruit, bright acidity and a textural finish.

Spring rainfall was relatively below average which helped disease control and provided ideal conditions for the flowering period. Dry conditions though early summer helped us control vine vigour resulting in balanced canopies. From veraison through to harvest, the weather was ideal with minimal moisture, and cool nights resulting in exceptional fruit flavour development and acid retention. The fruit was hand harvested on the 23rd of February, during the coolest part of the day and delivered to the winery immediately to preserve fruit flavour.
The vineyard was planted in 2002 and was top worked from Riesling to D1V7 clone of Pinot Grigio in 2008. It is trained to permanent cordon VSP trellis, pruned to low bud numbers to control yields and maintain canopy balance. Yield levels are also controlled through shoot thinning 4-6 weeks after budburst. We aim to grow good strong healthy canopies through to harvest to maintain acid balance and develop fresh fruit flavours. At the winery, the fruit was crushed, chilled and pressed immediately. 100% underwent a cool ferment in stainless steel to preserve the wine’s fruit purity; this was followed by slight lees stirring and finally cold stabilization.

2018 Queenie Pinot Grigio

Bronze Medal – 2018 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards

Silver Medal – 2018 Royal Queensland Wine Show

Regan Drew, Vino Notebook Rating: 17/20 “A very faint peach blush though the colour. Fragrant blossom with orange zest, green pear drops, cream and just turning blueberries. Well textured through the front and mid palate, having good persistence and maintaining fresh fruit balance. Light orange rind and crisp brown pear with frangipani and light stonefruit to close. A delicate finish of medium length.”

2017 Queenie Pinot Grigio

Top Gold – 2017 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards

18/20 – Regan Drew. “Named for the Saturno family’s Grandmother, affectionately known as Queenie. All stainless steel fermentation and stylistically keeping to Grigio with very little blush colour. Evocative of a Nonna too: white flowers, dusky musk, baking spices and of course, varietal pear. It’s crisp, it’s clean and just a little bit round. Cumquat orangey stuff, green apple zing and ripe pear fruit. More than a one dimensional “crisp white” this has layer upon layer of flavour that persist long. Difficult to fault.”

Bronze Medal – 2017 Australian Small Winemakers Show

Bronze Medal – 2017 Perth Royal Wine Show

Bronze Medal – 2017 Sydney Royal Wine Show

Blend 100% Pinot Grigio
Alcohol 12%
Residual Sugar 0.1 g/L
pH 3.34
Total Acidity 5.05 g/L


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