Portsea Estate Pinot Gris 2017

Portsea Estate Pinot Gris 2017

Mornington Peninsula, Victoria   |    750ml   |    13.2%

"it's a good as gris gets" - James Halliday

The Portsea Estate vineyard is located on the century old Tintagel property overlooking Bass Strait at the very tip of Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula; a region well-known for producing some of Australia's leading Pinot Gris (think Scorpo, Ocean Eight and Quealy). After recently tasting this 2017 Portsea Estate Pinot Gris, we believe it's worthy of a place among the region's finest examples; we're obviously not the only ones.

A complex, well-weighted Pinot Gris, the influence of barrel fermentation in quality French oak compliments the lively cool-climate fruit flavours. Strong varietal with cashew, lime, green apple and subtle peach notes, this is a beautifully structured and textured Pinot Gris that will compliment a range of dishes; poultry, seafood and spicy dishes will work particularly well.

"94 Points. Fermented in tank, then aged on light lees in barrel. Shares with its chardonnay and pinot noir sisters a great than average complexity and power of its variety. Of course, it isn't in the class of of its sisters, but it's a good as gris gets. Screwcap. 13.2%. To 2023. Special Value" - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2019.

Availability: In stock


Extremely limited, only 18 bottles in stock.

Only available for purchase in 6 bottle increments.
The Portsea Estate vineyard is located on the century old Tintagel property overlooking Bass Strait at the very tip of Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, in south east Australia. Its unique ‘terroir’ derives from extensive limestone deposits and a top soil of calcareous sand and humus collected over thousands of years.

The free draining, limestone rich soils provide ideal conditions for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to thrive and have produced complex, layered wines of distinct character and minerality.
Mornington Peninsula
Vineyard source : Point Leo Road Vineyard - Red Hill South, Fenian Vineyard - Red Hill, Mingary Vineyard – Merricks North, Mary’s Vineyard – Main Ridge

Harvest dates : 7th, 9th March, 9th, 11th April

Maturation : 5 ½ months in 3 year old oak, 5 ½ months in stainless steel tank

Aging potential : 3-4 years

Colour : Vibrant green straw

Aroma : Citrus, freshly cut Granny Smith and a hint of stewed pear. A little skin contact delivers notes of peach to this year’s aroma profile.

Palate : Fresh, focused acidity and subtle barrel ferment characteristics add structure and mid-palate texture

Alc/Vol : 13.2%

Residual Sugar : <2g/l

PH : 3.31

Total Acidity : 6.9g/l

Winemaking : Hand selected whole bunch pressed. The free run juice was transferred straight into barrel for fermentation on solids. The remaining juice was pressed into tank, chilled (to 10 degrees) and allowed to settle for 3-4 days under CO2. After settling in tank a portion of the juice was racked off gross less into barrel. The remainder was transferred to stainless steel tank for fermentation at cool temperatures (12-15 degrees), retaining all the vibrant, fresh fruit flavours typical of pinot gris with fermentation in tank. The barrel fermentation adds further complexity, structure and a fine palate texture. Some barrel stirring employed to help build texture and weight. The two portions were blended together, stabilised, filtered and bottled.

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