2002 Sandpiper Pinot Gris

Comments

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.

Vinification Notes

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.

Blend

95% Pinot Gris, 5% Chardonnay

Vintage Notes

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.

Harvested

Early April 2002

Cellaring

Drinking well now. Maximum cellaring 12-18 months.

Region : 

Eden Valley

Bottled : 

August 2002

Total Acidity : 

6.12

Alcohol : 

14.2

Residual Sugar : 

3.7