2015 Wicks Estate Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris


2015 Wicks Estate Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris



2015 Wicks Estate Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris VINEYARD Whilst Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio wines are made from the same grape variety, they have developed into two distinct wines styles in Europe. Alsace is considered the home of Pinot Gris, and when we compare our wine to the stereotypical Alsation Pinot Gris’, our example has tighter acid structure than many and may be considered more aromatic. Whilst our Pinot Gris carries a subtle hint of residual sugar, it is far ‘dryer’ than many of the French examples, yet it’s texture and weight means that it bears greater similarity to the Gris style than the Northern Italian Grigio style, where they tend to pick earlier and exhibit a racier and lighter fl avoured style. WINEMAKING Harvested on the 18th of February, the Pinot Gris was picked into two separate batches based on the fl avour profi le, both exhibited ripe fruit fl avours even at the modest sugar levels of 11.5 and 11.7°Baume respectively. The majority of the free run components were gently pressed in our airbag/tank press, denying the inclusion of any harsh phenolics, whilst a small amount was retained separate and fermented in aged French oak hogsheads. The free run components were fermented cool and took two weeks to complete. After fermentation, the wine was held on yeast lees to add further complexity and texture, further enhancing the gentle fl oral and citrus fruit fl avours. The oak component was allowed to partially (~20%) complete malolactic fermentation and gives the wine an extra dimension of complexity. TASTING NOTES COLOUR Light pale gold. AROMA Lifted floral aromas. FLAVOUR An intriguing blend of fruit fl avours ranging from green pear to white peach, this wine has a subtle layering of texture that adapts well to all occasions. TECHNICAL DATA Alcohol vol: 12.7% Total Acidity: 5.8 g/L pH: 3.37 Residual Sugar: 1.2 g/L CELLAR POTENTIAL Pinot Gris has the capacity to develop complexity when cellared over the short to medium term, but is well suited to early drinking when it’s contrast of fruit flavors, lifted aromatics and texture are at their peak. . TASTING NOTES Adelaide Hills

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