12 Pack Pinot Gris 2017
In the Vineyard:
A challenging vintage throughout the country as a very wet but mild winter was followed by drought conditions throughout January and February. The grapes moved into veraison earlier than usual and we netted in the third week of January to protect the fruit from the ravenous birds who swoop in at the first sign of colour.
Our vineyard team did their usual meticulous job of creating an open vine canopy by removing excess foliage by hand to allow air movement to dry the fruit and allow sunlight penetration. The fruit was clean with intense flavours so it was then a case of anticipating the approaching weather bombs, and picking when the fruit had dried and reconcentrated the flavours.
Harvest date: 5-6 March 2017
Bottling date: 20 November 2017
Composition:100% Pinot Gris
Quantity: 246 cases
In the Winery:
Two parcels of hand-picked fruit from our estate were processed separately. After destemming and crushing to press, the must was given skin contact for several hours, to allow release of aromatics and textural components before pressing. One parcel was cool fermented to dryness, while the second parcel was stop-fermented to retain some natural fruit sugars. After combining the two, the wine was then left to rest on light lees until bottling.
A shimmering straw colour, this wine reveals aromas of nashi pear, kiwifruit and almond with a subtle lychee lift.
The sumptuous mid palate is well balanced with concentrated pear and grapefruit notes, a hint of mango and lime, leading through to a satisfying crisp and clean finish.
Aging Potential: In stable cellaring conditions, the Pinot Gris 2017 will continue to evolve over the next 3-4 years. With time, the more immediate fruit freshness will be replaced by dried fruit, and oily characters.