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2018 Ceres Swansong Pinot Gris

Central Otago

Aromatic pinot gris with freshly-baked bread, stewed apple, clove, spice and nashi pear flavors. A weighty, textural wine, with a hint of heat and hardness from alcohol (14.5%) and fruity acidity giving a drying finish.
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Winemaker's notes

2018 was a year for the record books. The hottest year since 1956 in Central Otago saw sustained and unrelenting heat from the start of the season which did not let up until the weather broke in February. What this meant was a stunning flower and fruitset with a very even and generous potential crop. We chased our tails during the season trying to stay ahead of stress caused by the very dry conditions - the flipside of this was we ended up with small and intensely flavoured berries.
At one stage in January the heat was so intense and sustained we were looking at an end of February harvest and too much water stress. Thankfully we received 100mm over 2 days at the start of February and the weather dramatically cooled. This meant ripening slowed down and we were able to retain the acid in the grapes that is so important. We still had a compressed harvest in mid-March with very clean and ripe fruit.

Details

Vintage2018 RegionCentral Otago VarietyPinot Gris ClosureScrew cap ColorWhite Volume750ml Case size12
Alcohol Level 14.5% pH 3.6

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