The 2021 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.