Pinot Gris 2018

Fresh, zesty and just delicious to drink, our Pinot Gris has lovely citrus, pear juice and stonefruit flavours. Enjoy it with food or without.

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Winemaker's Notes

PINOT GRIS
Pinot gris was planted in the coolest, most south-easterly ‘Pines’ block of our site, but has now also expanded to our North block, in both cases mostly on the red soil found throughout most of the vineyard. As the vines have matured, ripeness is being achieved at more moderate alcohol. We also focus on the very fresh zesty perfume of the variety, picking relatively early to make a refreshing wine, but adding a little texture and complexity from time on yeast lees.

2018 VINTAGE
The 2017-2018 was the second-warmest season on record behind 2016, but due to consistently warm and dry conditions rather than any extreme heat. Timing of budburst and harvest were fairly normal. Conditions for vine growth and development were good and disease pressure was low. Weather during vintage was exceptional, consistently warm and dry apart from one downpour in late February which caused little trouble. Warm sunny days were balanced by cool nights giving a high diurnal temperature range. Quality is exciting across the board, with the later ripening varieties perhaps benefiting the most.

WINEMAKING

Hand-picked 27 February to 9 March 2018 at a range of ripeness. The chilled fruit was crushed and lightly pressed, settled and fermented cool to dryness. Fermentation was entirely in stainless steel, but the wine benefited from yeast lees contact post-ferment. Bottled under screwcap July 2018, 1087 cases made. Alcohol 11.0% by volume. Vegan friendly?: No (fined with a milk product).

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Drink now to 2023.

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