The focus with this wine is to provide a drink that has texture and depth, rather than focussing solely on primary fruit notes. We want a wine that satisfies across the palate, and employ a number of techniques to achieve this.

Our Pinot Gris all comes from a single vineyard in Ward that is owned and managed by Pam and Polly Francis, and is only a year away from being fully certified under Bio-Gro as an organic vineyard.

The fruit from four different clones, is all handpicked and then run over the sorting table in the winery so that the winery team get to sort through the grapes. It is then whole-cluster pressed and run to barrels, mainly older, where it ferments with the natural yeast from the vineyard.

It sits in barrel for fifteen months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Each year the fruit is slightly different and so the blending is constantly interesting. As the Ward vines age there seems to be greater depth, so that will be interesting to watch moving forward.

The fruit and techniques have created a rich, textural, but dry style of Pinot Gris that should be shared at the table with friends.

Variety: Pinot Gris
Winegrowing Team: Brian Bicknell, Pat Patterson, our focussed growers and brilliant vintage staff
Alcohol: 14.0 %
Titratable acidity: 5.5 g/L
Residual sugar: 3.14 g/L
Brix at harvest: 23.1
Harvest: Handpicked, 9th April 2015