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'Pigs Out, Wines In', John Lewis

Pig in the House Pinot Gris 2021

HERE’S another Windowrie spin-off, and it harks back to 1996 when its general

manager-viticulturist, Jason O’Dea, and his wife, Rebecca, bought a former Canowindra

pig farm. Before setting up home there they started an organic vineyard and had to evict 20 free-range pigs from the house. Although hard, that provided a grabby brand name.

This 2021 organic pinot gris is green-tinted straw and has grassy scents and frisky kiwifruit front-palate flavour. The middle palate shows pear, dragonfruit, gunmetal and lime zest and a finish of mineral-edged acid. At or by appointment at the Billimari vineyard. Drink now with quiche.

The wines are made by University of Adelaide wine graduate Anthony D’Onise, and an

interesting part of the portfolio is a piquepoul blanc wine. It’s a grape native to France’s Languedoc and Rhone Valley regions. Piquepoul blanc is the most common, but

also exists in the piquepoul noir red and rare piquepoul gris white.

John Lewis, Newcastle Herald, July 2022

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