2018 Block 7 Pinot Gris
The lower vigour in the stony sections of Block 7 compared to the loamy sections leads to far more concentration and a much riper profile. At 2.4 tons/acre, the vines are very focused on building intense flavours and phenolics in the fruit. In this second vintage of Platinum Pinot Gris, we pushed it up a level. At 35 g/l of RS and approximately 5 – 10% botrytis affect, it is an intensely concentrated wine teeming with ripe, spicy, earthy characters.
The vintage: Above average growing degree days in the spring contributed to an early budbreak. Cooler days and evenings arrived in August, which slowed down the ripening of the grapes and allowed for greater flavour development while retaining freshness and acidity.
Food pairings: smoky foods – fish, grilled/charred pork, chicken liver parfait, strong cheeses
Harvest Date: October 20, 2018
Blend: 100% Pinot Gris
Fermentation: 45 days in concrete egg (22%) and oak puncheon (78%) / all organic yeasts
Aging: 6 months on lees
Bottling Date: May 24, 2019
Cases produced: 648 (6x 750ml)
Total Acid: 7.2 g/l
R/S: 35 g/l
Cellaring: Enjoy now or cellar until 2028