As always, out Pinot Gris has freshness and fragrance up front, with soft juicy pear and stonefruit flavours on the palate. In 2019 there is a little extra depth and roundness, with spiced pear and almond notes.
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.
This year we celebrate our 30th vintage. Just like last year, the 2018-2019 was the second-warmest season on record behind 2016, this time with some very hot summer weather. A very dry winter saw us applying irrigation prior to budburst for the first time. January was particularly hot, and irrigation was used to prevent heat damage. Subsequent weather during ripening and vintage was good. Yields were down in most varieties, but quality was good, and once again, the later ripening varieties benefitted from the milder conditions, showing great colour and flavour definition.
Hand-picked 6 March 2019. 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 2019, 669 cases made. Alcohol 12.5% by volume. Vegan friendly?: No (fined with a milk product).
Drink now to 2024.