2002 Sandpiper Pinot Gris
This Vineyard is located at Mt Crawford (Eden Valley) one of South Australia's consistently coolest grape growing sites. Pear drops, peach skin with herbal undertones combine with a crisp multi-layered textured finish to create a fine example of this great variety. Inhibiting malolactic fermentation has preserved crisp natural acids which highlight the varietal fruit of this wine.
Crushed and de-stemmed then pressed using a membrane press. Pressings kept separate from free run then fined and re-blended back to the free run. Fermented using French yeast at 12 - 15°C. The light fluffy lees were reincorporated to the wine to add mouth feel and structure. We racked the wine from lees after 4 months, filtered and bottled.
95% Pinot Gris, 5% Chardonnay
The best vintage in the Barossa Valley in more than a decade. A very cool and mild summer provided an extremely long ripening period, resulting in fruit with perfectly balanced acidity and baume.
Early April 2002
Drinking well now. Maximum cellaring 12-18 months.