Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Gris
Growing Region: Clare Valley, Australia
Owner / Winemaker: Tim Adams

Talking with Tim on his recent visit to Auckland, he seemed very pleased with his newly released Pinot Gris, stating that each new vintage just keeps getting better. The Clare Valley’s climate is well suited to aromatic grape varietals like Pinot Gris - with its cool evenings retaining and expressing its true nature. The fruit for this wine was harvested in the cool of the early morning, and then on arrival into the winery the fruit was crushed and pressed, with all pressings returned back to the juice.

 

The juice then went through a cool fermentation for over two weeks and was stopped before completion to leave a small percentage of residual sweetness. The wine was then stabilised and immediately bottled under screw cap to retain the natural freshness.
Rather than removing the naturally occurring colour from the Pinot Gris skins, as an honest expression of varietal character, Tim choose to retain it in the finished wine. The resulting wine in the glass has a slight rose gold hue, which matches the equally bright and vibrant fruit characters in the wine.
On the nose this 2013 Pinot Gris reveals pear, lychee and subtle citrus notes. These characters carry through on to the palate - being slightly lifted in nature. Showing opulent Nashi pear, lychee and white peach flavours on the mid palate - complemented and nicely balanced by soft lemon zest notes and cleansing acidity, giving the wine a refreshing finish. This Pinot Gris can be easily enjoyed while it is young and vibrant, plus it will reward short-term cellaring. Chill and serve at 8°C.

An elegant, well balanced Pinot Gris.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this summer season; and over the next 2-3 years.

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with Asian-seasoned cuisine, seafood, steamed vegetables and a fresh mixed salad, enjoy.