2017 Pizzini White Fields Pinot Grigio
Varietal percentage: 100%
Pinot Grigio Picked: 10th February 2017
Area harvested: 2 Ha
Average brix: 23
This vintage we had a very wet winter and spring, winter never seemed to end. This seasonal variation in rain meant that we had very cold soils in spring, which delayed bud burst in the vines, and resulted in grape harvest starting a month later than usual. It was quite cool and mild during late December and early January, which lead to maximum flavour development at lower sugar levels in the fruit. The coolness of the vintage conditions was perfect for producing white varieties and early ripening reds.
Two parcels of Pinot Grigio were harvested to make the White Fields Pinot Grigio; one from a section of our leading Pinot Grigio vineyard and the other from one of the coldest parts of the King Valley, Whitlands. These two vineyards are chosen as they naturally produce low yields and grapes with great intensity of flavour. The grapes were handpicked and placed in a cool room for two days to cool to 6 degrees Celsius as this helps increase the quality of juice pressed from the grapes, grapes are also only pressed very lightly to collect the best juice. A portion of the juice was fermented in barrels with wild yeast to add some lovely creamy texture and funky notes, the balance was fermented in a stainless tank with added yeast. Lees are stirred for 5 months following fermentation to add a creamier texture and richness to the wine before being bottled.
Fermentation vessel: 50% stainless steel & 50% barrel fermentation
Oak used: 30% old French oak
Fining agent: fish products
This wine is a straw colour with lime hues. The nose is complex with yeasty and nutty notes, which combine with aromas of lemon zest, green apple and white flowers. On the palate zesty acidity is balanced by yeasty characters from the lees, providing lovely length and mouthfeel. The pear, green apple and subtle honey characters follow through to the palate rounding it nicely. Try this wine with lime-seared scallops on a light celeriac mash.
Alcohol: 12.1% Alc/Vol
Acid: 7.2 g/L
Bottled: September 2017
Release: December 2017