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.
An ultra-cool-climate vineyard meets its match in this young, complex, texturally exciting pinot gris. They were made for each other. A light blush colour indicates some skin contact, a good sign, before aromas burst in lively aromatics: citrus blossom, honeysuckle, green apple and spice. Glides across the tongue in spiced apple, pear and nougat with just a hint of sweetness. Plenty of flavour with terrific balance. Drink to: 2028; Price: $30.00; Date Tasted: Jan 2022; Alcohol: 13%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; Jeni Port; James Halliday Wine Companion
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