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2018 Saint & Scholar Pinot Gris 12 pack


2018 Saint & Scholar Pinot Gris 12 pack
2018 Saint & Scholar Pinot Gris 12 pack
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Regular price
$288.00

2018 Saint & Scholar Pinot Gris 12 pack


Pinot Gris is a frightening grape. It’s meant to be white, but is black. It’s meant to be delicate and easing drinking but places many barriers in the way of that. It’s a challenge to the winemaker, but its great feature is that it is fun to grow.

To make Pinot Gris well, you have to use your imagination and have confidence as it asks you to do some things that are the opposite to the way you are taught. One example of that is how to manage the ‘grey’ colour, and a bit of natural chemistry helps here. When our Gris is ready we pick it a little warmer than most and never use sulphur in the vineyard. The wine is allowed to oxidize, or go brown, as an apple does in the sun. Natural enzymes in the juice combine with oxygen in the atmosphere to destabilise and displace the grey colour from the wine, leaving it white, and in a very natural way, its chemistry but in a way we don’t have to intervene.

The juice is rested for a few days then allowed to ferment with a full array of milky looking solids to create shape and texture on the palate. This takes about a week, after which the wine is racked and the yeast in the wine that created the ferment are released back to the wild.

The wine now remains cloudy for another 3-4 months, the suspended yeast washing and cleansing the wine of its phenolics, slowing shaping it into white wine.

In time the lees which have protected the wine, fall and a little sulphur is added to protect the wine and then is prepared for bottling.

This is very gentle process that lets nature run the winemaking.

Look
Pinot Gris grape has a grey skin. Gentle winemaking usually leaves a little of this in the wine giving it a blush colour.

Smell     
The yeast leaves the aromas of Turkish delight and roses. The grape offers pear and nectarine.

Taste     
By leaving the wine cloudy as both a juice and a wine, it helps make it soft and gives taste of pears and lychees.

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