2018 Sandpiper Pinot Gris
The high altitude and cool climate vineyard conditions of Eden Valley has produced a wine which is visually pale straw in colour with lively green hues. Aromas of lime, nashi pear & spice fill the glass and on the palate, it boasts great depth of flavour, pulled together with an almost chalky citrus acid backbone.
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.
The 2018 growing season had all the hallmarks of a classic vintage. Consistent warm temperatures produced perfect conditions for our Eden Valley whites to ripen. This along with good winter rains and a dry harvest period resulted in vibrant varietal flavours, excellent natural acidity and a long balanced finish.
Silver at 2018 Rutherglen Wine Show
Bronze at 2018 Barossa Wine Show
Bronze at 2018 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
Bronze at 2018 Perth Royal Wine Show
91 Points – James Suckling
Mineral and dried-pineapple aromas follow through to medium to full body. Creamy texture and fruity finish. Crisp and easy.
17.5/20 – Raymond Chan
Bright, even, pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the rim. The nose is a little shy in expression but gently fills with aromas of white stone fruits with savoury stone fruit kernels at the core and suggestions of fresh nutty elements. This unfolds a chalky minerality with aeration and shows good presence. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the flavours of white stone fruits, pears and florals form a moderately concentrated, rounded heart with good drive and line. The mouthfeel is soft-textured with integrated acidity, and the wine flows with presence leading to a restrained, subtle finish. This is a moderately concentrated dry Pinot Gris with stone fruit, pear and floral flavours on a rounded core with good weight.