Soil type: Sandy loam on clay base
Clones : D1V7
Yeast: Wild & Alsatian isolate
Oak: 20% old French hogsheads
We aimed from the start for texture and harmony in this wine. The pressings were kept in and these add a gentle phenolic bite. We avoided adding acid, as we want to make a slippery pinot gris that is easy to drink and friendly with food.
‘Fresh and lively, crunchy nashi pear, Meyer lemon, Lemonade, fresh ginger, textural harmony.’
Tim Shand, Head Winemaker
The earliness of vintage 2016 was largely climatic, but a bit lunar as well. The flowering of the vines occurred during a very warm, dry spell – perfect conditions for an even fruit set. Those conditions endured throughout Christmas and into January. We had just enough rainfall (in two big events) to squeak us through – but it was touch and go there for a while. The early Easter (the first full moon after the vernal equinox being late March) reminds us that nature takes its cues from the moon – and will not be argued with!
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