As you know, we love the rich, textural wines of Alsace in France, the home of Pinot Gris. In the cooler vintages such as 2017, sugar accumulation in the grapes is reduced which translates to lower alcohols in the finished wines. It is difficult to obtain the texture and mouth feel we desire in our Pinot Gris without the normal levels of sugars and alcohols so when making our 2017 Pinot Gris, we made the calculated decision to stop fermentation a touch earlier. This allowed for the retention of slightly more unfermented sugar in the wine, giving us the desired texture whilst also balancing the searing acidity that was a hallmark of the vintage. We think the result is a wine of great balance, mouth feel and ‘drinkability’, full of rich flavours of spiced pears and honeysuckle whilst finishing clean and dry.
Enjoy with: A fabulous match with crispy skinned pork belly
Cellaring potential: Drink now – 2021