Beurrot is comprised of two Pinot Gris parcels: the tiny original 0.24 hectare section annexing the Meres block, and the Beurrot vineyard planted entirely to Pinot Gris, which at 2.74 hectares, provides the majority of the fruit. The Beurrot vineyard is planted to a density of 5600 vines per hectare.
The grapes were gently whole-bunch pressed into old French oak barriques, where fermentation occurred spontaneously with ambient yeasts. The maturation period is ten months on yeast lees.
September was cold and wet and the predicted La Niña did not fully eventuate. The cold weather continued throughout October and November and the soils remained cool for longer than usual, resulting in a flowering period which was almost twice as long as usual. There was some reduction in fruit-set that resulted in lower than average yields.
Throughout the growing season disease pressure was quite high. While the season presented us with challenges, the diligence and hard work of the viticultural team ensured the health of our vineyards. We continue to produce our estate made compost and our fungal compost tea. Our knowledge of our properties continues to evolve, providing a strong foundation for future years.
Mild conditions and the occasional rain storm lengthened the harvest period. Picking concluded mid-April, for some of our blocks this was the latest they had been picked in over a decade. The wines are showing a finesse and coolness from the longer growing season, with great acidity and bright flavours.
The refined and spicy nose gives precise aromatics of crisp apple, bosc pear and lemon peel. A cool and late harvest has delivered a Pinot Gris that is more linear and tighter in its youth. Showing orchard fruits, fresh ginger and rose water flavours, the palate is softly textured and finishes with a long, pithy lemony acidity.
Stunning intensity. It’s dry, spice ridden and structural but the intensity of flavour strikes you from the outset. This is some kind of pinot gris. Nashi pear, apple, cloves, dry spices, nuts – there’s much to experience here. This is gold medal standard, hands down