A partnership between Don Lewis, Who spent 35 years as a winemaker at Mitchelton and Narelle King, the former accountant who saw the light and is now a winemaker. In 2001 they started working together and now they’re business partners. In 2006 Tar and Roses launched and its focus is on showing the best of Central Victoria (not surprisingly). Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Shiraz, Pinot Grigio and Tempranillo plus a wine they make in Spain and ship back to Australia.
If Gris/Grigio means Grey in French/Italian, why is this wine pink? Because the grapes actually have a pink tinge too. Luckily the wine is delicious. Great texture, pears and spice. The flavours and texture work together to make a beautiful wine that is drinkable from the first sip to the last. I’d serve this just colour than room temperature. But out of the fridge it will be clean and refreshing.
Granite soils, high elevation and a cool climate means this part of Victoria is capable of making some stunning wines. In particular, Germanic styled Riesling seems a standout but with more work going into site selection there is a lot of potential here.
Gris and Grigio are in fact the same variety and both names mean grey in French and Italian respectively. Which is somewhat deceptive because the grapes can be almost blue or pink when ripe. The great wines of Alsace and North Eastern Italy are often made from this variety. It is being widely adopted around the world too. AKA Grauburgunder.