A little more hands off this year, more skins involved and less fussing around prior to packaging. Spicy, pink grapefruit, a hint of cranberry and strawberry even. More texture from the skin contact yet still delicate and reserved.
Will go with lots of food but then nothing specific, richer seafood dishes that might have cream involved, grilled fish and lighter meats. Roast chicken is a neat pairing then also is quite complex South-east Asian dishes, full of chilli and aromatic herbs.
Medium term but pretty good as a young wine
VARIETY Pinot gris 100%
VINEYARD Long Rail Gully, Murrumbateman, Johannsen Tumbarumba
SOIL Duplex, decomposed granite, red loamy clay and more basalty and rich in Tumbarumba
SLOPE North east in Murrumbateman, not sure in the hills, east I think
VINTAGE NOTES Coming out of one of the coldest winters we went straight into warm spring at budburst, very even grow and then hit with a light frost in December. warmed up again and got very hot in January and continued with record temperatures right through February. Amazingly this early ripener got through without being effected and was picked in late February.
WINEMAKING NOTES Whole bunch pressed to ceramic eggs, unattended henceforth, cold settled and filtered.
ANALYSIS pH3.2, TA 6.8g/l, RS 0.3g/l, FSO2 20ppm.
BOTTLED 12 June 2016
PRODUCTION 160 dozen