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 with just a dash of pinot noir
VINEYARD Long Rail Gully, Murrumbateman, Johansen 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 The PIG as we call it, had a great year. Both vineyards held it together in this tougher year, harvest date was much later than the last few years. All the fruit was hand-harvested and brought to the winery in great condition. It is a lovely fruit, very dark, you'd mistake it for its more highly decorated and coloured noir version.
WINEMAKING NOTES The two parcels were given three to five days skin contact then pressed to a variety of odd looking vessels, unattended henceforth, cold settled and that's all.
ANALYSIS pH3.4, TA 5.8g/l, RS 0.3g/l, FSO2 22ppm.
BOTTLED 14 June 2017
PRODUCTION 340 dozen