2018 Pinot Gris SV5182
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We are passionate about aromatic varieties and particularly those from Alsace so it was only a matter of time until we took on the challenge of Pinot Gris. When we first bought the property here, we replanted a section of the old block with the Berry-Smith clone (also known as Larkham clone) of Pinot Gris. We selected this particular clone especially for its low cropping, small bunches and small berries as we felt it would deliver the best quality fruit. Pinot Gris is the “sister” of Pinot Noir and shares many of its familial “issues”. It is quite crop sensitive and we feel that to get the best out of it you really have to go the extra mile in the vineyard. So like Pinot Noir it is all shoot-thinned, and bunch thinned and we often remove the bunch shoulders as well. This means that we can get it into the winery with lovely fruit purity as well as concentration.
This wine is finely structured with great purity & length of flavour and a lovely fleshiness. Lifted aromas of nashi pear, raspberry, red apple and white florals follow on to flavours of the same along with savoury undertones which are balanced by fine, supple texture and lingering minerality. This release is a dry style which has concentration, balance and great texture with layers of flavour.
Nick Stock for James Suckling – 92 Points
Very attractive, pear and apple-pastry aromas with some light florals, too. The palate has a smooth, bright and creamy feel with a supple and succulent layer of juicy, fleshy fruit. Finishes easy and balanced.
Bob Campbell – 91 Points
Bright, fresh and flavoursome pinot gris with pear, apple and subtle ginger flavours. It’s a crisp and satisfyingly dry wine with plenty of energy and a lingering, mouth-cleansing finish..
Cameron Douglas – 94 Points
Focused, fruity, spicy and pure fruit bouquet. A complete wine on the nose with aromas of quince and pear, red apple and crushed rose. Finely textured wine on the palate with a perfect measure of acidity contrasted with a leesy spice and fruit flavours that reflect the nose. A fine example of Pinot Gris done well. Lengthy, thoughtful and well crafted. Drink now and through 2021.
Sam Kim – 94 Points
A gorgeous refined expression; the elegantly lifted bouquet shows fig, poached pear, lemon peel and subtle oatmeal characters. The palate is wonderfully weighted and rounded, delivering excellent fruit purity together with flowing mouthfeel, backed by bright acidity. The wine is texturally delightful and persistent, displaying immediate appeal as well as offering potential for graceful development. Style: Dry. At its best: now to 2025.