Turning in a successful career as an artist to express time and place through the medium of wine, Ryan Ponsford has made a big impact in short time. This is an uncluttered expression of pinot noir, with winemaking taking a backseat to the savoury splay of wild fruits dusted with spice and herbal notes, grapey tannins providing natural support.
An elegant and composed pinot, this is layered with subtle flavour, a melange of red cherries, plum skin and sour berries struck in a savoury vein, accented with spice and herbal notes, a brush of bracken lifted with white pepper, cassia and clove. This is bright and vibrant on the palate, with zippy acidity and coolly cut tannins, a chewy, grapey grip closing out. Fresh, savoury and complex.
Themes of this wine
A vast region, Gippsland stretches from Westernport Bay right across eastern Victoria to the New South Wales border. And although many of the wineries are on the western end of the GI, with a concentration in the unofficial subzone of South Gippsland, the region still has a vast array of macroclimates and geological variations. Even with that variability, it’s safe to say that pinot noir and chardonnay are the regional strengths, with generally cool conditions and good rainfall consistent themes.
Pinot noir is one of the wine world’s most revered grapes. Notoriously fickle to grow and make, it makes what many see as the pinnacle of red wine in France’s Burgundy, but it’s also found many happy homes around the world, and none more so than in Australia across our cooler viticultural regions.