2020 Leaf Series Pinot Grigio
Visitors to the Wise Estate Tasting Room often ask us what it is the difference between Pinot grigio and Pinot gris. They are actually made form the same variety – which is a white mutation from the Pinot noir variety
Grigio is Italian for ‘grey’, whereas gris means “grey” in French – referring to the lighter colour of the grape’s skin.
Traditionally Pinot grigio is grown in cooler climates resulting in crisper, more savoury wines. Margaret River Pinot grigio tends to ripen quite early resulting in sweeter, more full bodied wine.
Margaret River had an excellent build up to harvest with dry weather conditions before some wet weather mid January. This increased disease pressure however a hot dry period followed allowing optimum picking conditions with high yields. White varieties in 2016 have been seen to have great length with crisp acidity.
A small parcel of Pinot Grigio was machine harvested and transported to the winery in the cool of night to retain freshness of the fruit.
It was then destemmed and pressed to stainless steel tank for cold settling of solids.
The juice was then racked to a selection of seasoned French oak barriques for a slow cool fermentation. The wine was left in oak on yeast lees for 3 months to build palate weight and texture.
Aromas of pear, lime, spice and pastry complement a palate that is weighty and long with flavour. Subtle texture throughout the palate is lifted by a gentle refreshing acidity.
Italian seafood dishes with freshness and acidity will complement this full-bodied wine.
- Region: Margaret River
- Varietal(s): Pinot Grigio
- Alc / Vol 13.0%
- Optimal drinking: To 2024