Pinot Gris Grigio Eden Valley South Australia
Thorn-Clark nurture some of the Eden Valley's best Pinot Gris vines. Barrel fermented, richer and fuller than most Pinot Gris, currently only produced in very small quantities, an extended period on lees has brought savouryness and round, mouth filling body.
The estate's Mount Crawford Vineyard, within the higher altitudes of the Eden Valley, holds five hectares of choice Pinot Gris vines. Following a long and mild ripening season which favoured the accumulation of good sugar levels and heightened flavour profiles, the fruit was hand picked, crushed, destemmed and treated to a membrane press. The settled juice was racked to oak where it underwent natural fermentation by wild indigeneous yeast. The ferment was slow and hence retained all the natural flavours of the grape. The wine was left on it's sedimentery lees in oak barrel for eight months, and stirred once a week to increase the complexity and mouthfeel. Approx alcohol 14.0%
The colour is mid straw. There is an intense nose of pears, dried herbs and a hint of buttered toast. Floral and peach notes, a hint of butter and lanolin, luscious biscuitty characters, milk bottle and vanilla. The palate is medium bodied with nice rich pear, freshly cut apples and some citrus fruits. Due to the lees contact the wine is very viscous, creamy and mouth filling. The rich pear, apples and herb flavours combine with the oak ferment influence to produce a white of complexity and depth.