Lemon blossom and spice upfront continuing on to the palate with the addition of nashi pear and more spice. Textural and zesty.
Drink with richer types of fish or smoked salmon pasta.
Varietal / Blend: Pinot Gris
Decant: Not necessary
Closure: Screw cap
Farming Practices: Sustainable
It can be hard to track Tom Ward down, because, as a passionate viticulturist and winemaker, he prefers to be out among his vines than talking about his wines, or himself, at his iconic Swinging Bridge cellar door. Tom hails from a Canowindra farming family of some 150-year standing, so you could say that soil is in his blood. But it was when he turned his attention to the family vineyard, and, in particular, further afield to the vineyards of the nearby Orange region, that his passion for making premium cool-climate wines took hold. Over the course of his early career, Tom worked as a viticulturalist in Orange across a number of iconic vineyards and different elevations, working in development and management for one of the industry’s largest viticultural developers. He then went back to university to study winemaking, to finesse his skills from vine to final wine.
The Swinging Bridge viticulture team is constantly walking the vineyards and “sweating the details”, as Tom says. It’s all about attention to detail. There are no grand aspirations to be the biggest winemaker, but rather, to build unique small lots with a focus on fruit quality and vine health.