Scout Pinot Gris is sourced from a north east facing vineyard from the Lowburn subregion of Central Otago
This cool vineyard produced slow ripening fruit that developed deep flavour on the vine. It was hand harvested at optimal balance of sugar, acidity and flavour. In the winery, we took a very hands off approach, gently pressing the grapes before allowing wild ferment over the next 5 months in old, large format barrels. This gives great richness and texture without any oak flavour, and enhances the baked pear, and jasmine florals in the wine. A small portion of the fruit was crushed and fermented on skins for 2 weeks, like a red wine. Once blended back in, this gave the finished wine a hint of ginger and spice.
The cool climate has given us a richer, textural iteration of Scout Pinot Gris this vintage. A wine for contemplation and salty food.