The Pinot Gris is from 16 year old vines on red/ brown loamy topsoil of volcanic origin giving way to sandy clay and shale subsoil, The vine row orientation is east to west with a north west aspect. The block slopes to the north west.
Style and Winemaking
This is our first Pinot Gris. We tried a number of Pinot Gris from Orange and finally found one that was not too dry (losing the fruit) and not too sweet (overriding the exquisite mineral character) and settled on this vineyard in Orange to give us what we wanted. Clean, flavor ripe, free-running juice, this wine was cold fermented in stainless steel capturing the elegance, finesse and structure that Orange Pinot Gris is famous for.
This wine is a wonderful example of the New World Gris style, made from cool climate fruit, richer, but not fat and oily. Designed to enhance the delights of the “bitey” end of the food spectrum. Complexly perfumed with honey, pear, persimmon, fresh meadow hay, citrus, and a touch of flint. The mouth feel is as it should be for this style, roundly luscious with subtle fruit sweetness, gently balanced acid, and an after taste reminiscent of lemon-spiked mineral water.
Enjoy with salmon, tuna, Indian and Japanese food, ricotta or asiago
Drink now as a young wine, or cellar until 2017 or mid 2018.
A very dry September & October, slightly low rainfall in November & December was followed by a slightly wetter January and extremely dry February. Ideal conditions with temperatures a touch below the 10 year average.
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