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, Freenman Hilltops
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 Small crops, varied conditions from some rain and hail, heat and cold, but nothing could spoil the party with the autumn finishing warm with the regional cool nights.
WINEMAKING NOTES All sorts of shenanigans went on this year after being inspired by the beautiful colour of last year's gris: we used some carbonic action to bring out the spice and other savoury elements that linger deep in the pinot gris berry and skin, then we held a few batches on skins for 3-5 days to add texture and finallly whole-bunch pressed another batch to preserve the fresh fruit aromatics. Each batch was fermented in oak, concrete, ceramic and inox. So yeh, a lot going on and so much fun to make,
ANALYSIS pH3.6, TA 5.7g/l, RS 0.3g/l, FSO2 20ppm.
BOTTLED 14 June 2018, unfiltered and nothing added besides a twist of sulphite to get the wine into bottle
PRODUCTION 540 dozen