We had good spring rains but lower summer rainfall than we usually receive in McLaren Vale. As a result of this dry growing period, disease pressure was low (no mildews!) although we had a couple of heat spikes in late January and some hot days in February which resulted in reduced crops compared to 2018 (down by up to 30% depending on variety). Whites were picked early in February and picking of the reds started at the beginning of March and was largely all over by the end of the month. Quality is terrific however.
Our Pinot Grigio is more Fruili from Italy than Pinot Gris from Alsace; we want light fresh crisp and clean rather than the more serious weighty style from France. So, we pick the grapes early, to make a fresh crisp wine with zippy acidity. The grapes are picked at night to help further maintain the natural acidity. The wine spends no time in oak and is bottled under Stelvin, fresh and bright.
Gentle notes of pear and white flowers are to be found in this wine…Poppy is a bit of a wallflower in many regards with its delicate, retiring flavours. They are best savoured chilled as an aperitif or with sushi, or maybe creamy cheeses. Nothing too overpowering.
|Picking Date||12th February 2019|
|Bottling Date||6th May 2019|