Specialising in cool climate wine, Delatite’s winery and vineyards are on rolling hills at the base of Mt Buller in north-east Victoria. It was established in 1968 by Robert and Vivienne Ritchie and now run by their son David. Our approach to winemaking has been forged from the family’s history of working with the land in Victoria for over 170 years.
The Pinot Gris was picked over a period of six days with each block being picked at its optimum ripeness. The fruit was whole bunch pressed and then was allowed to undergo wild fermentation, with 25% of the juice being fermented in large Hungarian and French oak barrels (500L Puncheons). The wine was then left on its lees for four months with the barrels being stirred fortnightly to help release the wild yeast characters from the dead yeast cells. This Gris is full and round with the Hungarian oak giving the nose and palate warm vanillin notes that complement the ripe pear characters of the fruit. The finish is long and flavoursome. This wine has great complexity from the oak and fruit.
This is an exceptional gris, a harbinger of a style that is increasingly versatile at the table and reflective of this country's more sophisticated dining culture, both in the restaurant and at home. These mid-weighted highly textural wines are founded, too, in greater winemaking expertise: ambient yeast and neutral wood. After all, gris does not need too much embellishment, but the confidence to allow baked autumnal fruit notes to ease across a peddle of gentle phenolics. This does so in style. Drink to: 2025; Price: $28.00; Date Tasted: Mar 2020; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
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