- APPELLATION : VQA Creek Shores
- VINEYARD(S): Market Vineyard
- GRAPE VARIETY(IES) : Pinot Gris 100%
- BRIX AT HARVEST: 21.0
- ALCOHOL CONTENT: 12.5%
- RESIDUAL SUGAR: 3 grams / litre
Of all our wines, Pinot Gris might just be the one wine that most clearly demonstrates through its style, the specific weather conditions of the vintage in which it was grown. In cooler or damp years like 2009 it tends to be drier, crisper and more vibrant and energetic. In the warmer, drier years such as 2012 it tends to be richer and more exotic. This version is a wonderful blend of the two offering a bright lemon hue, ripe notes of pear and lemon with bright acidity, intense fruit flavours and a fine mineral-tinged finish.
Enjoy over the next 3 years with white fish poached or baked with lemon butter, simple chicken dishes, creamy fresh cheeses, green vegetable or herb risotto or sweet garlic pork sausages. Serve lightly chilled rather than cold.
This Pinot Gris was sourced exclusively from our own vineyard beside the market on Fourth Avenue in the Creek Shores appellation. Harvest was in mid-to-late September. Hand-picked, the grapes were crushed and destemmed before gentle pressing. The grapes were then fermented and aged in stainless steel with fine lees to provide added richness and creamy mouthfeel.
The winter of 2016/2017 was again mild, yet a cool spring delayed bud-burst. Once the summer finally started it was relatively cool and rainy. Luckily September saw full sun and heat warm the vines to complete phenolic ripeness. Harvest started late in mid-September, commencing with Pinot and Chardonnay for sparkling and continued with other whites and early-ripening reds. The beautiful weather lasted well into the fall, allowing for long hang time for later ripening varieties. Overall yields were moderate to high with very high quality throughout. The wines are characterized by both freshness and structure across the portfolio, with potential for enjoyable early consumption or the opportunity to cellar wines for the medium-to-long-term.