2015 Wicks Estate Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris
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.
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.
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
Residual Sugar: 1.2 g/L
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. .