A great example of the 2021 vintage: light, bright and fresh, this has loads of zesty aromatics jumping from the glass. Definitely a wine to enjoy with or without food, and super-versatile.
Pinot gris is planted in the coolest, most south-easterly ‘Pines’ block of our site, 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.
Much cooler conditions prevailed this season, with good winter rains leading into a mild season that saw vines flourish. There was some disease pressure, but minimal disease resulted from careful management. Harvest started a week or two later than recent years, and was interrupted by three days of rain just after the whites were finished and before any reds were picked, but reds suffered no damage. Yields were very good, probably because we were able to irrigate through the drought last year. Unsurprisingly, the mild summer and ripening conditions have given lighter wines with excellent aroma and colour.
Hand-picked 19-20 March 2021. The chilled fruit was crushed and lightly pressed, then fermented cool in stainless steel. First bottling under screwcap May 2021. Alcohol 11.0% by volume. Vegan friendly?: No (fined with gelatin).
Drink now to 2026.