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Region: Yarra Valley - Victoria
Winemaker: Dave Mackintosh
Varietal(s): 100% Pinot Gris (on skins)
The Smokestack Lightning wines from Dave Macintosh are interesting takes on white varieties made with some portion of skin contact and as little intervention as possible.
They are pure expressions of vineyards with amazing vitality. A cleaner, more grown-up version of the amber wine scene, you might say.
The SCPG (Skin Contact Pinot Gris) shows almost more in common with a Rosé than a white. The natural blushed pink tones of the Pinot Gris skin really getting a chance to shine in this release.
This version spent 11 days on skins then hung out in a barrel for a while to really hit its straps.
It's a voluptuous version of the variety which doesn't compromise on freshness. It's excellent drinking all round.