2016 Michael Hall Sang de Pigeon 'Blanc de Pigeon'
Don't be fooled, this wine is more than just a curio.
Michael Hall knows how to build texture, and this Chardonnay is layered and rich like you'd expect but with a zing too.
A truly clever wine from an equally clever maker.
90% chardonnay, 10% sauvignon blanc separately vinified and matured for 9 months in barrel before blending. An interesting decision to blend thus, even more interesting to disavow chardonnay on the front label. It's lively, zesty and tangy, pink grapefruit to the fore, long and lingering on the finish. 93 points - James Halliday's Wine Companion
How’s it taste?
This is a delicious white wine from the Adelaide Hills built from mainly Chardonnay with a splash of Sauvignon Blanc. Michael describes it as a wine that "follows in the footsteps of pioneering producers in the uplands of Roussillon and north-east Italy." It's fresh yet textural, a perfect wine to accompany fresh seafood on a warm afternoon.
Who made it?
Michael Hall grew up in England, where he originally built a career in jewellery evaluation, even working for Sotheby’s in Switzerland at one point. Whilst he worked with priceless gems every day, wine was his real passion and so, at the ripe old age of 40, he decided to bring his wine dream to reality, applying for an Australian student visa and enrolling in Wine Science at Charles Sturt University, where he graduated dux in 2005. Taking advantage of the inverse hemisphere seasons, Michael worked stints in Australia with Cullen, Giaconda, Henschke, Shaw + Smith, Coldstream Hills and Veritas; in France with Domaine Leflaive, Meo-Camuzet, Vieux Telegraphe andTrevallon. He then spent four formative years as winemaker for Barossa contract winemaker, Moppa Vintners, before establishing Michael Hall Wines.
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