The wine is made from 1.5 tons of hand-picked Pinot Gris grapes from our Concession 5 vineyard that were destemmed, then hand bucketed into the underground tanks, sealed up and buried completely and allowed to ferment using wild yeast for 8 months through the winter months, then dug up in early June. The wine and skins were dug out by hand (with lots of student help!) and allowed to drain through a traditional vertical basket press. We used only the free run wine which was the most delicate/highest quality. We then racked twice to clarify and hand bottled the wine unfiltered on light lees to maintain freshness and texture, with no preservatives or other additives including SO2 - a truly natural wine.
This is not your typical Pinot Gris: it shows its genetic heritage with an almost Pinot Noir - like tannin structure and tawny-pink colour in the glass, with complex aromas of sour cherry, crab apple, strawberries, dried violets, button mushroom and herbs. The palate offers fine tannins, a silky, rounded mid-palate and a long dry finish.
Pairing Suggestions: Try with a charcuterie plate, seafood bouillabaisse or roast chicken.
Sweetness Level: Dry
Grape Varieties: Pinot Gris
Bottle | 750 ml | 11.3% alc./vol.