Rock Ferry Trig Hill Pinot Gris 2014
Bendigo, Central Otago
Our aim in the vineyard is to grow the best fruit we can so it can speak of its home and express its personality. To do this you need healthy vines and soil. By practicing organics and incorporating some biodynamic principles we believe we are doing our best to help achieve this and let our vineyards evolve and speak as they would like.
A lot of work is done in the vineyard for this wine. We hand harvest then ferment in a mixture of stainless steel tanks and older puncheons to build complexity. The wine is made with minimal intervention, hand harvested, whole bunch pressed, and only the free run juice is used - to achieve finesse and provide longevity to the wine. We use a mixture of cultured yeast and wild yeast to impart nuances of flavours and the wine was matured on lees for 6 months to build texture and enhance the mouth feel.
Generous aromas of Central Otago apricots, gentle hay & roasted nuts; the wine has an intensely concentrated flavoursome & silky palate and a lovely linear acidity, complemented by a savoury spiciness. The wine's elegance & structure are products of excellent fruit concentration, due to low cropping & the warmer season at the Trig Hill site in 2014.
Alc 14.0% TA 6.4g/l pH 3.44 RS 6.4g/L
Certified organic, the lovely 2014 vintage (5*) was estate-grown in the Trig Hill Vineyard at Bendigo, hand-picked and mostly tank-fermented; 20 per cent was fermented in seasoned French oak puncheons. The entire blend was then matured for six months in a seasoned French oak cuve, prior to bottling. Light lemon/green, it is weighty and complex, with rich, vibrant, stone-fruit flavours to the fore, fresh acidity, excellent depth and harmony, and a long, dryish, very finely poised finish. 5* Michael Cooper