Pinot Gris still has an identity crisis in this country. Now there’s a trend of high levels of skin contact for a russet colour and texture bomb. Here we definitely have a nod to a “traditional” French/Gris style. 30% barrel fermentation in older French oak, everything else in stainless steel for freshness. Time on lees to give a fuller body. Ross Hill: Carbon neutral, NCOS Certified.
Ross Hill, Pinnacle Series, Pinot Gris, Orange, 2021
Deep with wet earth, brown and green pear, star jasmine, honeysuckle blossom, mushroom cap, toothpaste (mint/herbal and chalk) and light cream. Weighty, fleshy, voluptuous body with a billowing, if a touch greasy, texture. A push of grip and acidity through the finish. I think any score is going to be miserly for the moment as there’s a long road ahead for some interesting development to come.
Rating: 17.5/20 (90/100)
Wine sample courtesy of Ross Hill Wines