Pipers Brook Estate Pinot Gris 2016
The grapes naturally cooled by the low over night temperatures are carefully hand harvested during the very early morning hours in mid April, The fruit is then crushed with immediate processing- Our winemaking philosophy for this wine style is to capture and protect the rich natural and delicate characteristics of this flavoursome variety. Whilst in the press the fruit under goes a short period of skin contact to extract some additional flavour intensity that are locked away in the skins, this helps create a more complex rich savoury style of pinot gris. The juice is fermented slowly at very low temperatures in a combination of barrel and stainless steel. The oak influence is subtle but adds complexity and palate weight.
Copper, bronze with light golden straw - Gris, meaning grey in French, refers to the colour of the grapes; wines made from Pinot Gris often have a slight coppery hue.
Complex, with a lovely depth of aroma, the nose is blooming with fragrant pear, jonagold apple, tangelo zest and freshly dried goji berries. A hint of jasmine and gardenia potpourri blends the aroma, finishing with subtle notes of nutmeg and cinnamon spice.
The palate is generous, full bodied and dry with flavoursome poached pears in honey, apple strudel, paw-paw and goji berry fruits, that entice the palette, all combined with a sweet ginger and cinnamon spice that gives richness to a fine chalky, mineral dryness on the finish, arising from the natural skin tannins - typical of the variety and winemaking style.
An ideal wine to serve with Italian style antipasto, oven roasted turkey or other white game meats, chicken liver and brandy pate, risottos, grilled seafood, or an array of Asian and Mediterranean style dishes.
In a mixed or straight case: $33.24