The 'Le Sauvage' range from Sirromet means the wines have been made using wild, naturally occurring yeasts. This wild pinot gris shows lots of poached pears and cream on the nose, with hints of honey and toasted oak. The palate is quite rich and fleshy, with pear and tropical flavours, a velvety mouthfeel, and a soft finish with a kick of toasty oak in the tail. It's a more robust style that would go down well with Thai fishcakes or simply some pate on toast.
This is our first Pinot Gris made in this style, with a wild ferment and oak influence. The 2010 season produced ideal growing conditions in our Night Sky vineyard, with the wild ferment allowing us to show the true expression of Pinot Gris. This wine was fermented in both new and older oak barriques, followed by 6 months ageing in barrel on lees. A great food wine, displaying an elegant style with layers of texture and creamy mouthfeel, complementing the varietal fruit and floral characters.
Appearance: Pale straw.
Nose: White pear and honeysuckle, floral notes, vanillin oak.
Palate: Rich, creamy Pinot Gris, elegant structure with white pear, textured tropical and nashi fruit. Juicy mid-palate, hints of guava from the wild yeast and lovely supporting oak in the background. Excellent length, weight and integration.