Made from a small block of pinot gris in the Napoleone vineyard next to the dam.
Our first bottling from the bizarre 2020 vintage, which went from ridiculous to sublime. Very small crops, early tannin ripeness and picked at low baume.
Back to a 50:50 mix of skins and whole bunch ferments. Racked in early May, minimal filtration, no finings.
This vintage we focused on prettiness with supporting notes of funk and bunch. There was no shortage of flavour about, it’s an intense year for that but also characterised by high natural acidity – perfect for skinsy styles which can become a bit soapy. And of course we are very pleased with the colour, perfect match for the new label!
Vineyard: Airlie Bank
Soil type: Sandy loam on clay base
Harvested: 3rd of March
Clones : D1V7
Whole Bunch: 50%
Oak: Old French hogsheads