Sixty-Second Swirl by Brent Lello Yass Valley Times Wine Columnist

There’s a lot going on over at Jeir Creek Wines.  The new owners – Anurag & Divya Pandey – have huge plans to put JCW firmly on the regional gourmet tourism map, as a leading light ‘wine & food’ destination. 

A fine dining restaurant with superb views, luxury boutique accommodation by the heart-shaped lake, an amphitheatre for concerts amongst the vines, and a golf course are all part of the new grand plan.  They’re also busy replanting parts of the vineyard with food-friendly varieties that are craved by consumers.  These will complement the existing well-matured vines.  

Jeir Creek Wines is a family business and pictured are Akshaj and Atharva in the holidays participating to learn and understand the process of winemaking.

Grapes Galore!

One of the varieties hitting the sweet spot of Australian wine drinkers’ palates is Pinot Gris.  It’s a versatile variety, super food friendly but can also be enjoyed well chilled on a warm summer evening.  For these reasons, Pinot Gris is a big fridge favourite at Chateau Lello.  There are many great examples of this wine style in the Yass Valley region, and Jeir Creek Wines have produced a ripper with this week’s “swirl” – their Pinot Gris 2022.

This Pinot Gris blushes in the glass with bright, light apricot hues.  A swirl reveals aromas of freshly cut beurre bosc pear and florally fragrant orange blossom.  On the palate, it’s light yet luscious, with crunchy pear and apple flavours, delicate acidity and a lingering, slightly savory with a  food-friendly finish.

We enjoyed our bottle with a grilled teriyaki salmon and asparagus salad, which was a superb match.  You could also crack onto this with the Friday night fish and chips, a spicy Thai chicken salad, or neck it by itself after a long day at work.  I sourced my bottle from the cellar door, but you can also buy for $28 online on the newly revamped website here –

Come join the fun from 10:00 AM -4 PM March 04, 2023, Jeir Creek Wines

04 MARCH 2023 @ 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM AEDT

Holi Celebration – Vibrant organic colours, full fun family activity

122 Bluebell Lane, Murrumbateman

Holi Celebration at Jeir Creek Winery this Saturday 4th March 2023, 10am-4pm. Spend your weekend with colours, music and food, highlighting glimpses of the traditional Indian festival of colours… Indian Cuisine, Wine tasting