After taking a year away, local winemaker Antonio D’Onise is back with his own Pinot label ANTONIO’S. A lot of time and consideration has been taken to source grapes from the best vineyards for each variety in Orange; to offer a significant pedigree of wines.
“The Pinot Gris is a wonderfully complex wine and is simply sublime, and in my opinion unparalleled. First up I get pear and peach, after 10 seconds in the mouth the wines flavours morphs into lime which really drives the wine to a balanced finish… like drinking a peachy sweet lime flavoured crisp air. I love this wine, it is simply YUM”, shared Antonio.
The more serious older brother of the Gris, the Pinot Noir from Orange does have a reputation of being… light, in colour, body and intensity which makes them great every day drinks.
“But for me… I am inspired by other factors, during my time working in Burgundy (home of Pinot Noir) I noticed that the very best Pinot Noir is dark, full and better then what Orange generally offers”, said Antonio.
This wine has the benefit of being sourced from one of the oldest Pinot Noir vineyards in Orange. The result, darker colour, vibrant dark cherry fruits, some briar notes and I can’t help but smell some cedar and pine forest notes.
The palate sets this wine apart from most, it is full fruit flavour, it has richness, tannin drive but it is well integrated into a soft silky texture. The palate is mature and will drink well with lighter meats. “Lightly chilling this wine will deliver a refreshing experience. This is a good one!”
The Canowindra Bottleshop stocks both and on Friday 29 September the wines will be tasted here by the winemaker himself.