The 2018 Inara Pinot gris was made from grapes harvested in the cool of the night, to retain the fresh fruit characters. The grapes were then split in to two batches and treated differently. Our first batch of grapes were loaded directly to the press, without crushing, and gently pressed. The juice was settled until very clear and the clean juice fermented with an aromatic yeast at low temperatures. The aim was to have the purest fruit expression in the juice. The second batch was almost the exact opposite. The berries were lightly crushed and placed in the press where they were held for about 6 hours in order to extract more structure and flavour compounds. After the skin contact, the grapes were pressed and the unsettled juice immediately inoculated for fermentation, using an Italian Pinot gris isolated yeast strain. This juice was fermented at slightly warmer temperatures in order to add structure and texture to the wine. The wine was blended and bottled in July 2018.
The 2018 Inara Pinot gris is a textural wine with a beautifully rounded mid palate. The aromas and flavours are all about orchard fruit – bruised pear, juicy red apples and a touch of mandarin. This wine should be drunk young in order to appreciate its fresh fruit and floral characters. Enjoy it on its own or with or Korean fried chicken.
TA: 6 G/L
Dozen Produced: 1710 dozen