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 both fresh and preserved pear. On the palate zesty acidity is balanced by yeasty characters from the lees, providing lovely length and mouthfeel. The pear, green apple and some subtle cinnamon characters follow through to the palate rounding it nicely. The wine has good acid and length and will develop nicely over the next 8-10 years. We suggest enjoying it with herb crusted pork loin.
Pinot Grigio fruit was carefully selected from sites within a vineyard in one of the coldest parts of the King Valley, Whitlands. This vineyard is chosen as it naturally produces 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 by hand to collect the best juice. Around 30% of the juice was fermented in barrels with wild yeast to add some lovely creamy texture and funky notes, after a time two extra yeasts were added to finish the ferment and maximise flavour and complexity. The balance of the juice was fermented in a stainless tank. Lees were stirred for 6 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
Alcohol: 12.1% Alc/Vol
Acid: 7.2 g/L