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21 April 2017
Little Hampton, Macedon Ranges
A long cool growing season in the Macedon Ranges. A settled flowering led to good crop levels. Careful canopy management and crop thinning were required. A late summer with warm days and cool nights allowed fruit to reach is full flavour ripeness, while retaining good acid structure. The 740 meters above sea level elevation site of Little Hampton has extra cool nights, helping to retain natural acidity in the grapes.
Hand harvested fruit was firmly whole bunch pressed to release the Pinot Gris full flavour profile. Natural ferment occurred in older French barrels. The wine was left to unwind and age slowly on its ferment lees to add generosity. After 9 months the wine was racked and filtered prior to bottling in December 2017.
Shadowfax really nailed this style with the right amount of detail and complexity, as well as fruit richness. A true ‘gris’ in style. Aromas and flavours of nectarines, poached pears and spiced pear custard. Handy acidity to balance it all out. Drink now. 92 points. Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com, 14 August 2018
Light yellow colour, with a pungent aroma of stone fruits, nectarine uppermost, a charming bouquet indeed. The palate is just off-dry and grapy, soft and rounded, with very smooth texture. There is more richness and amplitude than most gris. And it leaves the mouth quite refreshed. Delicious drinking. 91 points. Huon Hooke, The Real Review, 7 September 2018
Medium straw, bright green edge
This high altitude Pinot Gris displays great aromatic lift. Potpourri, orange blossom and citrus notes leap from the glass. The perfume is persistent and intriguing, always bringing you back for another sniff.
White pear and orange sorbet flow onto the palate giving instant appeal. These fruit flavours are complexed with barrel ferment characters such as nougat. The fruits are enveloped with fine grapefruit pith texture giving extra intrigue. The rich flowing palate is long and intense that is finished off with great acidity and persistence. A great example high altitude cold climate Pinot Gris.
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