‘Poppy’ is an ultra-delicate wine, showing gentle characters of pear and citrus, which emerge gently on the palate too. Serve quite chilled as a lovely glass of wine on a warm day, or try it with some sushi or some soft creamy white cow cheeses. Don’t serve with anything too strong otherwise you risk smothering young Poppy.
We had terrific winter and spring rains leading up to vintage 2017, a marked contrast to the previous year, proving once again if proof were needed, that every vintage is different. We had a cool early part to spring too, combined with the spring rain. Flowering was about 3 weeks later than the previous year which of course meant that vintage was 3 weeks later than normal, or as some old locals said sagely, back to the old normal. There was a very long and slow ripening period which is terrific for allowing grapes to develop their flavours. We had a pretty dry February March and April, once the spring rains finished in mid-January. Overall a late vintage with some incredibly promising reds and outstanding whites.
There are two very distinct styles of wine you can make from this member of the Pinot family and we have opted to make the lighter, fresher and leaner style, AKA Pinot Grigio. The Grigio style hails from the North-Eastern part of Italy, up in the mountains of Friuli. The aim of the game here with the Spring Seed P Grigio is to get the grapes in gently and as cool as we can (night picking is the order of service) to protect the delicate nashi pear characters and the natural acidity. We don’t use any oak barrels to make this wine, just stainless steel tanks. The Poppy goes straight to bottle once it has gone through fermentation and is clean and clear. Simple.
Picking Date: 24th February 2017
Bottling Date: 18th April 2017