Pinot Gris 2017
The 20th vintage of our classic Pinot Gris … fruit from our 23 year-old vines produced layered aromas of nashi pear, kiwifruit and almond, sumptuous midpalate with notes of pear, grapefruit, a hint of mango and lime with a crisp clean finish
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 midpalate 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.
Michael Cooper, Master Sommelier
At its best, this estate-grown wine is weighty, rich and rounded. Hand-harvested and lees-aged, it is made in an off-dry style. The 2017 vintage is mouthfilling, with a fragrant bouquet of pears and spices. Still youthful, it is strongly varietal, with good intensity of lively pear, lychee and spice flavours, dryish and finely balanced. Best drinking 2019+.