We had good winter rains then warm summer conditions which brought about an early harvest. We had a few hot-cool-hot-cool periods which made it a little trickier to decide when to pick, but Joch reckons he got it right in the end.
We made Poppy as a Grigio rather than a Gris, which means we wanted a light fresh style of white wine – the Italian, rather than the Alsace interpretation of the grape. To do this, we picked the grapes early at about 12 degrees beaumé (beaumé is a measurement of grape sugar which translates approximately to the final alcohol) and fermented them cool in a stainless steel tank. Poppy did not spend time in oak at all. The Pinot Grigio is another style of wine, like the ‘Forget-me-not’ Sauvignon Blanc Semillon where Joch has to use his gentle side.
Poppy is light and fresh, with a gentle hint of nashi pear and citrus, and a clean smooth palate and finish. It is superb when served chilled as an aperitif or with light pasta dishes and mild cheeses.
|Picking Date||11th February 2013|
|Bottling Date||9th September 2013|