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Brennan Pinot Gris 2007

Pinot Gris 2007Tasting Notes

A textural and complex example of this variety, the 2007 Pinot Gris offers ripe pear and roast almond notes on an engaging palate. A rich mouthfeel is layered with dried apple and creamy lemon biscuit characters. Modest sweetness (11grams/litre) is well balanced against crisp acid underpinning a chalky, mineral finish.

Vineyards

Brennan Pinot Gris block and ‘the rogues'. The Brennans planted Pinot Gris on the lower flats of the home block over ten years ago. A few rogues exist amongst recent Pinot Noir plantings on the higher terrace offering further fruit complexity due to the extra elevation and leaner soils. The home block is used to source fruit for both the Brennan Pinot Gris and Brennan Pinot Grigio however the vines are treated quite differently. Cropping on the fruit destined for the Pinot Gris is kept low and picked later to allow full flavour development in the fruit.

Winemaking

1800kg of fruit for the 2007 Pinot Gris was harvested on the 9th of May and immediately whole bunch pressed. Harvest Brix was 24.8 degrees brix. The first press was sent directly to oak for a full solids barrel ferment. The remaining juice was settled and racked, one further barrel filled leaving approximately 500 litres for stainless steel fermentation. The portions were both fermented cool and received generous lees stirring. Barrels were inoculated with malo-lactic bacteria to provide a creamy textural component to the wine. The barrel fraction remained in oak for 10 months when the wine was blended. A light skim milk fining was followed by a sterile filtration before bottling.