Planted in the early 1980’s the On Giant’s Shoulders vineyard was once most known as the source of fruit for Escarpment’s Pahi label. Now in the tender care of husband and wife team Braden and Gabrielle Crosby, they have been working hard over the last two years to produce some fine single-vineyard wines. Paying homage to those that came before them; mentors, family, teachers and influencers, Braden and Gabrielle aim to build on, and pay respect to the history of their vineyard and region.
Using a mixture of clones, 10/5, Abel, UCD5 and 828, our intention in the vineyard is to produce florally expressive Pinot noir with excellent structure and finesse on the palate. The fruit for the 2016 vintage was hand harvested and hand sorted in the vineyard from 29th March through to 18th April. In the winery, grapes were crushed, with an average 35% whole bunch retained. Minimal additions of sulphur at crush allowed for three to six-day preferment macerations. Fermentation started naturally and was completed at warm temperatures, total cuvaison of 21 – 27 days prior to pressing. Matured for 12 months in 30% new oak.
Current Vintage 2016 -
Raymond Chan – 17.5/20
"Bright golden-hued straw-yellow colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh and gently full with aromas of white and yellow stonefruits, along with hints of creamy barrel-ferment, and a nutty lees and oak amalgam adding richness and interest. This has delicacy and vibrancy. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has finely concentrated but restrained flavours of white and yellow stonefruits with light notes of lees and oak. The fruit forms a firm heart with light phenolic textures and balanced, lacy acidity. The wine flows to a concentrated, stonefruited, nutty and minerally nuanced, lingering finish. This is a fresh, finely concentrated dry Pinot Gris with stonefruit flavours and nutty lees and oak detail on a firm-lined, fine-textured palate".
Current Vintage 2016 -
Bob Campbell – 94/100
"Taut, elegant chardonnay with hazelnut, ginger, peach and subtle citrus and grapefruit flavours. A curious textural feature of the wine is a fine, peppery, almost spicy finish. Integrated oak and a lengthy finish. I'd love to taste it again in five years".
Raymond Chan – 18.5/20
"Brilliant light golden-yellow colour, paler on the edge. The nose has rich, ripe aromas of yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit with tropical fruit notes, harmoniously melded with creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak elements, along with a little lemon-curd MLF. The nose possesses depth and a soft density. Medium-bodied, the palate has good intensity and concentration of ripe yellow stonefruit and citrus fruit flavours entwined with creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak notes. The palate is fine-textured and smooth-flowing with fresh acidity and some underlying power providing good linearity. Some lemon-curd MLF emerges as the wine carries to a dry, light-textured finish. This is an elegantly concentrated, rich citrus-fruited Chardonnay".
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