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2020 SV Pinot Gris


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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.

Tasting Notes

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.

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Cameron Douglas MS – 94 Points – 2020 Vintage
Ripe, fruity, varietal, floral and gently spicy bouquet. Aromas and flavours of white nectarine and Asian pear, yellow apple and lychee nut. A fine complex layer of tangerine and lemon peel, blossoms and white pepper add complexity and depth. Silky texture with plenty of acidity to contrast a core of fruit flavours. A gentle warming alcohol carries the flavours and textures through a lengthy finish. Excellent example in a drier style, balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2024+

Bob Campbell MW – 92 Points  – 2020 Vintage
Delicately aromatic Pinot Gris with crisp pear, apple and subtle honeysuckle flavours. Dry but not austere, with a mouth-watering line of acidity that promotes a lengthy finish. A bright, refreshing wine.  Drink 2021–2024

Sam Kim – 95 Points – 2020 Vintage
Elegant and pristine, the wine shows white flesh peach, fresh pear, lemon zest and white floral aromas on the nose, leading to a vibrant palate that’s finely expressed with youthful charm and lively mouthfeel. Gorgeously poised and lingering to a lengthy crisp finish. Certified organic. At its best: now to 2028.

Sam Kim – 95 Points – 2019 Vintage
It’s gorgeously charming and inviting on the nose showing apricot, fresh pear, fig and blossom aromas, leading to a wonderfully flavoursome palate that’s filled with juicy fruit intensity. The wine is upfront and delectable, while remaining elegant and well structured by vibrant acidity, finishing long and smooth. Style: Dry. At its best: now to 2027.

Cameron Douglas – 94 Points – 2019 Vintage
Potent bouquet loaded with fresh white flesh fruits, flowers and fragrant spices, enticing and exotic. On the palate – fantastic, exotic, spicy, fruity and fleshy with flavours of white fleshed fruits suggesting pear skin and apple, bosc pear and tropical fruit moments. A lovely wine, balanced and well made, youthful and long.

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