2017 Sandpiper Pinot Gris
The wine has bright lifted aromas of nashi pears and spice. Intense pear like palate, clean citrus acid backbone. Underlying spicy character adds to the wines charm. A clean and lingering finish.
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 stabilized, minimally fined, filtered then bottled.
A well above average wet spring led into a dry stable summer. Cooler than average temperatures led to a later start for vintage which help aid the fruit development. White wines from 2017 will be vibrant and intense with good balance.
Bronze at 2018 Melbourne International Wine Challenge
Bronze at 2017 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
Bronze at 2017 Barossa Wine Show
Bronze at 2017 Perth Royal Wine Show
93 Points - James Halliday's Wine Companion
There's no question this has more vinosity and tension to the fruit flavours than grigio, and justifies its name. Pear, ginger, apple and citrus cohabit on the long palate. The balance is exemplary.
16.5 Points - Raymond Chan, November 2017
Bright, very pale straw-yellow colour, near colourless on the rim. The nose is taut and tightly bound with aromas of white stonefruits and pears and a mouthwatering steeliness and suggestions of white florals and minerals. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is tightly bound with a fine core of white stonefruits, pears and white florals, and thirst-quenching minerals. The palate has good linearity and flows along a light-textured phenolic line with fresh acidity, leading to a dry, soft-textured finish. This is a taut and tightly bound dry Pinot Gris with flavours of white stonefruits, florals and pears and mouthwatering minerals on a light phenolic textured palate. Serve with a variety of seafood and white meat dishes over the next 3 years.
90 Points - Wine Business Monthly, August 2017
A gris in a grigio shape, pale light and focused, with pear presence and lemon crunch focused, fresh, fruity and spicy. A celebration of the personality of gris and the cut of cool, estate Eden Valley vineyards.