2010 Sandpiper Pinot Gris
The nose is lifted with lots of herbal notes, strawberry fruit and pear. The palate is medium to full bodied, with dried apples and citrus fruits. The palate is very rich and mouth filling with ample flavour and character. The palate finishes with lovely length and poise.
Crushed, destemmed and then pressed using a membrane press. Pressings were not used. Fermented using French yeast at 12-15 degrees Celsius. The ferment was kept slow and cool to retain all the natural flavours of the grape. The wine was then racked and filtered. Bottling took place soon afterwards so the wine was a true expression of the grape and the terroir from which it was made.
The 2010 vintage followed good winter rainfall in 2009 and allowed vineyards to commence the 2010 season with good soil moisture levels. This soil moisture, combined with moderate weather conditions throughout most of the growing season allowed for good fruit set and canopy development. In summary an excellent vintage, with very little extreme weather resulting in fantastic colour and flavour in red varietals, and excellent acid and flavour profiles for whites.
Gold - Top at 2011 National Wine Show
Bronze at 2011 Adelaide Wine Show
James Halliday Wine Companion 2012
Winewise Magazine, July 2011 - "Highly Recommended"
"Delicate pear varietal aroma's introduce the wine which has an attractive chalky / mineral texture with very good depth of varietal fruit and a long vibrant finish. More in the Grigio style, it's best in the short term at a very good price. Excellent value."
Selector Magazine, Summer 11/12
"This was the best performed of the budget-priced wines and at $14.95 RRP, represents great value. This Barossa producer has headed into the cooler reaches of the Eden Valley for this single site white. It has attractive lanolin, lavendar and floral aromas, good intensity, pleasing texture and balanced zippy acidity. Dave Mavor saw 'fantastic minerality' on the nose."
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