Bright golden yellow in colour, with green tinges at the rim catching the light, the nose offers up aromas of ripe stone fruits, intertwined with a hint of butter and hazelnut and wet clay. With a little more air, notes of pencil shavings and slight vanillin characters emerge.
In 1821, Gala Estate was granted to James Amos. Originally of Galashiels in the borders of Scotland, the family now makes up the 5th, 6th and 7th generations of descendants still living, loving and farming this land. Adam and Grainne Greenhill, with foresight for the next generations, were the first to plant vines on the property in 2009, recognising the potential and suitability for grape growing and terrior-driven wines. Nestled on a stunning landscape between five private forest reserves and four wild rivers, the well-nurtured vines now produce chardonnay, riesling, pinot gris, sauvignon blanc and pinot noir, and are joined by 50 hectares of walnuts. Adam and Grainne believe the cool-climate advantages of Tasmania are a strength for the region moving forward. Their vineyard is planted a short 500 metres from the 42-degree southern parallel – the optimal latitude for climatic balance for cool wine production, with warm days and cool nights. This enables the fruit to ripen on the vine and achieve their full flavours with tight acidity.