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Brennan Pinot Grigio 2007

Pinot Grigio 2007Tasting Notes

The 2007 Brennan Pinot Grigio is produced in a typical Italian style characterised by a crisp austerity and designed for early drinking. Aromas of Nashi pear and white peach are followed by notes of flint, green apple and lemon zest on the palate. Racy acidity underpins a luscious mouthfeel and provides a strong foundation to the wine. Hints of chalk and spice are evident on a persistent finish.

Vineyards

The Brennan Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio block resides on the lower flats of the family vineyard. The block has been divided into two separate blocks and each is treated quite differently in order to obtain the desired styles. The Pinot Grigio has been pruned to four cordons in order to allow for higher yields. The block is only lightly shoot thinned/leaf plucked and fruit thinned. Combined with early harvest dates these practices allow us to retain the brighter fruit characters and high acidity desirable for the style.

Winemaking

The Pinot Grigio was pressed cool and quickly to avoid higher phenolic content in the juice. The juice is cold settled with the aid of enzymes to ensure the juice is clean with little solids remaining. The main fermentation occurred at approximately 12-14 degrees Celsius to retain the more delicate aromas however the wine was warmed to 18-20 degrees Celsius at the end of ferment to ensure a complete fermentation without residual sugar.

After fermentation the wine was left on lees for 2 months in order to encourage a slightly denser mouthfeel. The wine was then fined with bentonite, cold stabilised and sterile filtered before bottling in November 2007.