Spring means the blossoming of flowers, temperatures rise and the layers come off!
As the weather gets warmer there is nothing quite like a clean, crisp white wine to sip on as you watch life return to the surrounding plant life and see the animals and people emerging from hibernation as we all embrace spring.
Riesling is widely regarded as the perfect springtime wine. This highly aromatic and fruity grape variety has been considered the best white wine across the globe for hundreds of years, presenting a range of styles from bone dry to lusciously sweet.
Like all wines, the history of its origin can’t be clear. Some say it began in Germany in the late 800’s by order of a king but who can be sure. The only thing that matters is; it is delicious.
Another standout to delight in throughout spring is the Pinot Gris. The background of the Pinot Gris is clearer and is said to have begun production in Burgundy, France.
This distant relative of the hearty Pinot Noir was named after its colour following the veraison process where the dark purple grapes turn to a light grey colour known as gris in French. Flavours and aromas vary with the Pinot Gris as you move across the globe, giving it ample opportunity to become your new favourite.
The vibrant personalities and versatility of the two pair with a variety of foods and have the ability to keep for decades after production, making a good Riesling or Pinot Gris the perfect wines to enjoy in the spring.
Top Canberra winemakers at Mount Majura Vineyard are experts at springtime wines among many others. A local brand growing local grapes on local soil, this charming little winery just minutes from Gungahlin is set amongst the sweeping hills of capital country and offers a wining and dining experience you won’t soon forget.
Mount Majura Vineyard is owned and run by a partnership of wine enthusiasts. Among them, Fergus McGhie, speaks of their beloved vineyard and creating the perfect spring wine.
“All of our wines are made only from the grapes we grow on our own vineyard at Mount Majura. We try to let the fruit we’ve grown shine through in the finished wines so all our winemaking is focused on styles with pure fruit expression and not too much influence from the winemaking. Our Riesling and Pinot Gris are delicious spring wines, both are clean, crisp white styles that suit the lighter spring dishes that we tend to move towards as the weather warms up. Of course it’s still not too warm to drink reds either, our flagship Tempranillo is an amazing match with spring lamb.”
In describing the vineyard, his pride is hard to hide and for valid reasons.
“As a vineyard, we have some of the best features you could ask for in a site. Soils containing limestone give good structure for growing vines, we have a steep slope which is good for cold air drainage to mitigate frost risks, particularly late in spring when the new buds are shooting and we have the perfect east-north east aspect, minimising hot westerly sun exposure to the ripening fruit in summer. It’s always a pretty place to visit, the views from the top of the vineyard across the valley are stunning but of course in spring you get to see the new growth as the vineyard wakes up from its winter dormant period.
We are also known for our innovation, particularly in regards to pioneering new alternative varieties in the district. Amongst the more traditional varieties like Shiraz and Riesling, we also grow Tempranillo, Graciano, Mondeuse and Touriga.”
Canberra winemakers love what they do and you won’t need to drive far to find award-winning wines, delicious food to match and an especially beautiful setting in the spring. Mount Majura Vineyard certainly aren’t resting on their laurels to provide you with a fantastic day out. As Fergus explains,
“Aside from offering seated wine tastings, visitors can also take a self-guided tour of our vineyard with a map detailing some of the features of the vineyard and our growing methods. We call it the ‘Gumboot Tour’. We can even provide the gumboots, but any sturdy pair of shoes will do.”
You won’t be disappointed making a quick pit stop at Mount Majura Vineyard. Pick up a bottle of Riesling or Pinot Gris and remember your trip to Canberra in the finest way.
Planning a visit to Canberra this Spring season? If yes you are in luck as we have a fantastic package available.
The Floriade Package
Includes accommodation in a studio room, a bottle of wine on arrival and a $10 Abode Pantry voucher for each night of your stay, view availability here.