The generous 2015 vintage allowed us to reserve some pinot gris for this marvellously concentrated botrytis style. Stacked with marmalade flavours and endlessly long, this is an exercise in balance.
Gold Medal, Canberra & Region Wine Show 2016
NOBLE PINOT GRIS
Another experimental wine, first made in 2015. Generous yields and a great vintage in 2015 allowed us to leave a block of pinot gris netted to develop botrytis. Initially sceptical that this was a worthwhile variety for the style, we had been impressed by the wines made by Malcolm Burdett at Lerida Estate, nearby. In our wine, varietal character is subsumed by the intense and luscious noble rot flavours. The winemaking focus is on balance.
The 2014-2015 season started early with an early budburst and continued early as temperatures were relatively high through Spring. December and January were relatively cloudy and humid, but warm enough to contribute to a fairly high growing degree days total, similar to the 2010, 2008 and 2006 seasons. Conditions moderated by vintage, with mild and fine weather, which was ideal. Picking was early, commencing with sparkling base on the 10th of February, whites completed by mid-March and even the latest-ripening reds completed a couple of weeks earlier than normal, by mid-April.
Hand picked 14 May 2015, a month after the rest of vintage was complete, at 27.0 Baumé. Fermented and matured in tank, leaving 288g/L residual sugar, lightly fined and filtered. Bottled January 2016, 521 dozen half-bottles made. Alcohol 10.5% by volume. Vegan friendly?: No (fined with a milk product).
Drink now to 2020.