EVANS & TATE Breathing Space Pinot Gris
EVANS & TATE Breathing Space Pinot Gris.
2018 was an extraordinary vintage in Margaret River, with wet winter months followed by a warm spring to promote budburst and a dry early summer perfect for fruit set. Isolated heavy rain then swelled the fruit, with a beautiful late summer of warm days and cool nights; ideal conditions for accentuating the flavour, ripeness and acid balance of the grapes.
The fruit was handpicked in early April with the grapes transported to a cool room before being pressed. Once the press was loaded with the whole bunches a gentle pressing cycle was used to extract juice of the highest quality. The juice was then left to settle overnight before fermentation. Inclusion of light solids during fermentation contributed texture, aromatic and flavour complexities into the end wine. A portion representing 10% of the final blend was fermented in one-year-old French oak puncheons. Following six months maturation on yeast lees the wine was blended and bottled without the need for fining.