Wine Portfolio Inigo
2018 Inigo Pinot Gris
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The 2018 Pinot Gris, a new wine in the Inigo range, is made with fruit from the Adelaide Hills region, considered one of the pre-eminent areas for this variety in Australia. Pinot Gris is regarded as perfectly suited to the Adelaide Hills, where the elevation of the vineyards moderates the climate, providing cool conditions during the growing and ripening season. This maximises fruit character and ensures the retention of natural acidity in the grapes. Fruit for the Inigo Pinot Gris was sourced from a single-vineyard site at Paracombe, planted in 1999.
Like many wine regions, the weather in the lead-up to the 2018 vintage in the Adelaide Hills was dry, contributing to development of modest crops. Warm to hot conditions in early February were alleviated by rain in mid-February, which revitalised the vines. An extended period of mild weather with warm days and cool nights slowed ripening and delayed the start of harvesting until early March. The gentle ripening period produced exceptional quality.
The free run juice was cut at 600 litres/tonne and pressings kept in individual batches. These were fermented separately in stainless steel using a neutral yeast strain at lower temperatures to retain delicate varietal characters and freshness ahead of blending.
Complexity and texture are evident on the medium-bodied palate, through the inclusion of a small amount of pressings. Pear and stone fruit flavours are prominent, with some spice at the finish. The dry finish is balanced with natural acidity.