Pinot Gris Pipers Brook & Tamar Valley Tasmania
From vines planted in the 1990s, to estate vineyards in Tamar Valley and around Pipers Brook. The fully ripe expressions of West Tamar are balanced by the naturally high, flavoursome malic acidity derived from Pipers Brook, achieving a tight, refreshing and complex style. The vines are meticulously hand tended, maximizing exposure of the bunches to the sun, realizing harvests with the most intense flavours. A generously complex wine of remarkable intensity, courtesy of the natural skin tannins, so ideal with antipasto, oven roasted turkey or white game.
Pinot Gris ripens quickly in all but the coolest of climates, it's ideally suited to the temperate Tasmanian season. Crop levels are kept low by selective bunch thinning to maximize intensity of flavour. Grapes are hand harvested throughout the chill of early morning. Fruit is crushed and immediately processed, the philosophy being to capture and retain the delectable characters of Pinot Gris while still on the vine. Parcels are pressed and treated to a short period of skin contact, extracting additional flavours which are locked away in the skins, this creates a more complex, rich and savoury style of Pinot Gris. Juices are slowly vinified at lower temperatures in a mix of barrel and fermenters, followed by early bottling. Alcohol 13.5%
Copper straw hue. Complex bouquet with a lovely depth of aroma, blooming with fragrant pear, jonagold apple, tangelo zest and goji berries. Jasmine and potpourri, subtle nutmeg notes. The palate is generous, full bodied and dry, poached pear flavours, strudels and paw paw, ginger and cinnamon spice, finishing with a fine chalky, mineral dryness.