2013 Sandpiper Pinot Gris
At bottling the wine has a lifted musk and pear character on the nose. The wine is flavoursome and has mid palate texture. Primary pear characters are balanced with a subtle musk spice. The wine has a backbone of soft acid which persists after the wine has left the mouth.
Harvest was carried out at night. The fruit was pressed (using an airbag press). After settling the juice was warmed and inoculated with a neutral yeast selected for its ability to respect the purity of the fruit.
Post fermentation the wine was stabilised, minimally fined, filtered then bottled.
Spring rainfall was also well below average with several days reaching 30°C. The growing season had even temperatures and little rainfall.
Ripening was slow and steady leading to the development of good floral characters and the fruit retaining its natural acidity.
Harvest occurred in the third week of March (within two days of the 2012 harvest date).