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. Their winemaking approach has been forged from the family’s history of working with the land in Victoria for over 170 years. Delatite are committed to producing outstanding wines and to biodynamic principles that leave the environment in a better state than when they started.
Owing to its cool climate and sub alpine location in the High Country, Delatite’s wines are European in structure and complexity. They’re great with food and will also age beautifully for 10- 15 years.
This 2017 Delatite 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 old oak barrels (500L Puncheons). The wine was then left on its lees for a year with the barrels being stirred occasionally 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.
Perfect for drinking now but it will age well for eight years allowing the oak flavours to further integrate and making the wine more savoury.
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