Wangolina Pinot Gris 2016
Wangolina is situated between the coastal towns of Kingston SE & Robe in the Mt Benson region, which is a part of the broader Limestone Coast wine region, South Australia. The moderate climate is influenced by the Great Southern Ocean providing cooling winds and maritime influences in the wines.
Their vineyard at Mount Benson was planted in 1999 on terra rossa soils (red sandy loam over limestone).
Grower producer Anita Wood graduated Oenology at Adelaide University in 2001. Anita's worked vintages at McWilliams Mount Pleasant, Rosemount, Belvidere Winery, Kreglinger, Mount Benson (now Norfolk Rise) and Cape Jaffa. She's also worked vintages in the United States at Hogue Cellars in the Yakima Valley, Washington (2002 & 2003) and one for Amity Vineyards in Willamette Valley, Oregon (2005).
2016 was a steady cool ripening vintage which gave an emphasized fruit character to the grapes. Handpicked and whole bunch pressed, the Pinot Gris is treated with care to prevent over extraction of phenolics. 25% of the juice is naturally fermented in old French oak barriques. This gives the wine complexity and palate structure. The remaining portion is tank fermented to preserve and enhance the fresh fruit, and spice characters. The two portions are blended just prior to bottling. A small amount of residual sugar is left in the wine to give balance and weight.
The resulting white smells of honeysuckles, layered with rose and mingling stonefruit. True to its nature a sweet pear background with baked oats and spices dancing around the edges. Arriving into the mouth with weight and flavour reminiscent of apple crumble and Grandma’s pear candies. Pear and stone fruit flavours slip across the palate with a subtle soft sweetness which is neither too forward or too miserly. The palate left clean and refreshed with a burst of acidity and small tingles of citrus.