JS 92 points (2012), WA 89 points (2013)
Voluptuous aromatics that conjure thoughts of quince jam, peach skins and hard brown pears – ripe and rounded with a delicate lift of nutmeg and an earthy richness. A generous, fleshy style of pinot gris with great concentration and a long, luscious finish.
Most of the fruit for this wine is from the Selection Ovaille and Mission clones grown at Wrekin Terrace Vineyard in the Brancott Valley, a valley floor site on gravelly clayloam soils typical of the Southern Valleys. A smaller parcel of the newly released Entav 52 clone (known for its small bunch and berry size) was grown at Riverbrook Vineyard in Rapaura, in young alluvial soils containing high proportions of greywacke river stones. The vines were trained on a two-cane VSP (vertical shoot positioning) trellis.
The three clones were hand-picked separately at high ripeness levels and whole bunch pressed using very low maceration press cycles. The resulting juice was coldsettled, the clear juice then racked to fermentation vessels. A portion of the juice was inoculated in stainless steel tanks using cultured yeast and the balance was filled into old French oak barriques, where it was allowed to undergo spontaneous indigenous yeast fermentation. Towards the end of fermentation all the wine was transferred to stainless steel tanks where the fermentations were stopped, retaining 10 g/l residual sugar. The blended wine was then filled into old barrels remaining on yeast lees for a further five months, prior to bottling in December with an alcohol of 14.0%, pH 3.38 and acidity of 5.4 g/l.