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 fruit is whole bunch pressed and barrel fermented to as dry as possible in all-old French oak without yeast inoculation. The maturation period is nine months on yeast lees.
September 2015 welcomed the beginning of budburst leading to a dry and warm spring. October was 3 degrees above the average temperature and El Niño affected the amount of rain we received. Vine vigour was controlled due to the lack of rainfall with the canopy generous and open. Fruitfulness was up from the previous vintage and flowering and fruit set occurred unhindered. Veraison commenced in early January.
The period between January and mid-March was warmer than historically usual and harvest began at the same time in February as recent vintages. Conditions remained very dry and warm throughout the harvest period, it was a compact vintage finishing in mid-March. The viticultural team worked steadily throughout harvest and delivered healthy and energetic fruit, with ripeness and acidity well balanced.
The nose expresses pure fruit flavours of fresh pear juice along with more exotic fruit notes of lemongrass and kaffir lime leaf. Fuji apple and citrus peel flavours lead into a long, textured and chalky palate accentuated by a lemon barley flavoured finish.
Arguably one of Australia’s better known and loved pinot gris, by those that might call themselves pinot gris fanciers. Its track record is pretty good if you go by WineFront reviews too. Nothing fancy done here, just good grapes, smart winemaking, a know how with the variety. You could file this under pinot gris in the dictionary. Classic pear, pear drop, frangipani, honeycomb, candle wax scents, even a touch of oatmeal savouriness. The palate is deep in flavour but light on its feet. Soft and juicy, almost watery but let’s call it delicate, and with silkiness to texture that makes the wine feel refreshing and regal, in a way. It keeps you thinking it’s lush only to finish feathery and mouthwatering. It’s excellent, really.