Aussie Passetoutgrains

Under-sung Mornington Peninsula winery Eldridge Estate has released what is possibly the first Australian blend of gamay and pinot noir – traditionally known in Burgundy as a passetoutgrains.

The 2011 Eldridge Estate PTG 11 ($25 ex-winery) is half and half pinot noir and gamay, and has a light, bright purple-red hue and a charming aroma of pepper, spices, red-cherry and raspberry, with a light-bodied but fresh, zesty palate. Low in tannin but intense and refreshing, it’s meant for summer drinking, according to winemaker David Lloyd, and is being marketed to restaurants that “want a style of red between rose and pinot noir that’s great with Thai and other Asian foods”.

It’s available at Sydney’s The Oak Barrel or ex-winery: eldridge-estate.com.au.

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