Aroma: Ripe Pear, citrus blossom, golden apple, meyer lemon and alluvial mineral notes.
Palate: Abundant Pears, fleshy white stone fruits, and citrus flavours with a touch of spice. Fleshy and round with a clean mineral finish.
Produced from grapes grown at Strathlynn on the west bank of
the Tamar River, 70km from Pipers Brook. In contrast to our sites in the
northeast, which are close to Bass Strait and subject to strong maritime
influences, the Tamar Valley’s hillside slopes offer vines some protection
from prevailing westerly winds. This promotes warm, settled conditions for
much of the growing season. The West Tamar has surprisingly low rainfall.
Sites in the Tamar Valley are a mixture of brown Chromosol and Vertosol
(black cracking clay) soils. Both soil types have excellent water holding
capacity, offering a steady supply of moisture and nourishment to the
vines throughout the growing season.
Vines are grown predominantly on cane-pruned, Vertical Shoot Positioned
(VSP) trellises, which help to expose bunches to the sun. With the foresight to planting Pinot Gris in Tasmania in 1996 we are now rewarded with stunning concentration of flavours from the 20 year old vines. Selected leafplucking helps achieve full ripeness with well-balanced, fleshy flavours.
Cold harvested at night. Carefully de-stemmed and crushed using fully protective handling to avoid juice oxidation. This preserves naturally vibrant tropical aromas and flavours. Juice is racked off solids and fermented slowly at cool temperatures in stainless steel. Bottled early under screw cap to preserve intensely perfumed aromas and fresh, fleshy tropical fruit showing integrated crisp acidity.