Awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their November 2017 edition review of Australia's "Other" Whites (see blue links below).
Quealy Musk Creek PG 2015 - November 2017 Decanter review
Musk Creek Vineyard is located in the hinterland of Flinders, where the valley winds towards Westernport Bay. It’s sited close to the Southern Ocean and has moist rich dark soils. This terroir restrains yet supports ripening until the end of Autumn. The vineyard slope basks in sunshine, heavy clay soil, rich and cool, creating this distinctive style of Pinot Gris where fruit power contrasts with the gossamer layers of sensation. Musk Creek Vineyard was established in 1994.
The pruning style is unique – a single arched cane, creating the space for the buds, then flowers and fruit to bathe in sunshine. Only rainfall quenches the soil. The purity of this vineyard is expressed in the wine.
Simple and careful winemaking begins with a long slow press cycle. After racking follows a primary fermentation entwined with the secondary malolactic fermentation. In tank, the wine is stirred on sweet smelling lees for 6 months and then allowed to settle. Musk Creek Pinot Gris undergoes no filtration.
This wine is an example of Mornington Peninsula Pinot Gris at its most voluptuous, with aromas of wild honey, wood smoke and red berries as well as a hint of earthiness. The palate is dominated by the honey and berry characteristics, is soft and rich, however is not sweet, has elegant natural acidity and feels fuller than most other white wines. This is a powerful Pinot Gris that will suit a range of luxurious dishes, the winemaker suggests cheese, lobster, crab, or duck.