Brennan Gibbston Pinot Gris 2010
Complex notes of shortbread, honey and vanilla on the nose with underlying fruit elements of rockmelon and baked apple.
Ripe pear, citrus zest and almond biscuit characters combine with layers of texture and minerality on an engaging palate.
Firm acid balances subtle sweetness and drives a persistent finish of dried apricot and nashi pear.
The Pinot Gris goes well with oilier fish such as Salmon or Tuna. Also try it with a cheese plate, roasted pork, baked ham or smoked chicken alfredo.
170 Cases produced.
The Brennans planted Pinot Gris on the lower flats of the home block eighteen 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 vines are cropped low down to 40 bunches per vine and harvested later in the season to allow full flavour development in the fruit.
This wine is a blend of 50% French oak ageing and 50% stainless steel ageing.
The oak portion was first pressed and then sent to barrel for ferment. Throughout the 12 months of barrel ageing the wine was lees stirred and underwent malo-lactic fermentation to provide a creamy textural component to the wine.
The stainless steel portion was settled, racked and then inoculated in tank. It remained in tank for ageing while awaiting it's oak barrel counterpart.
The two were blended, rested, filtered and then bottled.
Traditional dairy based fining was used to add further softness on the palate.