A mixture of German clones planted in 1988 and 1999, these vines are reaching good maturity.
Their aim is to make dry Pinot gris with a phenolic backbone to drive palate definition. This vintage was the first year they moved away from irrigation, relying on natural rainfall.
Hand harvested and hand sorted in the vineyard, picking took place on the 09th April. In the winery, the fruit was pressed over four hours to high pressure to extract phenolics. Left overnight at ambient temperatures, 40% was run to neutral barrels with the remainder in tank on full solids. Ferment was completed after six weeks at warm temperatures, and remained in barrel, on gross lees and un-sulphured until blended and filtered prior to bottling.
Limited - only 903 bottles produced