Le Fauve Pinot Gris 2021

2021 Le Fauve Pinot Gris

PJ's Notes:

Grown by Phillip and Michelle Stivens at Heifer Station Vineyard on the slopes of Mount Canobolas above the town of Orange in the NSW Central high country. The vines sit about 860m altitude and enjoy some of the coolest grape growing environs of mainland Australia. With consistent winter dominant rainfall and exceptional volcanic based soils, the scene is set for excellent cool climate winemaking. Aromatic whites, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are perfectly at home in these vineyards. On top of these varieties, if the position of the vineyard is right, even Shiraz can deliver infinitely perfumed wines.

Vintage and Growing Conditions

While the “Droughts and Flooding Rains” of Dorothea Mackellar’s famous poem are never too far from the vignerons mind, it is how those two contrasts play out that can make or break to grape growing season. Off the back of the 2016 to 2020 drought conditions there was a lot of precipitation required to refill the soil profile and were it not for cooler than average summer temperatures we may not have arrived at the near perfect ripening conditions we received. Excellent acid retention and slow flavour accumulation from mild temperatures resulted in fresh and vibrant wines.

Tasting Notes:

Pale green gold with a lemon-yellow hue.  The flavour of Pears, Beurré Bosc in fact, ripe and delicious too. There’s a hint of red apple and a layer of cinnamon and subtle clove like spice lift all wrapped up in a fine aromatic cloak of jasmine and musk.

Chalky with mineral acidity driving the fresh apple and pear profile while creating an umami like texture. Crunchy, juicy and vibrant with deep set ripe red apples filling out the palate over a subtle quinine like tannin ambience to the finish. Long and flavoursome yet refined.

Perfectly matched with Penne all’arrabiatta or Spaghetti Aglio e Olio or simply on its own.

Technical info:

Varietal – Pinot Gris

Region – Orange

Appellation – Mount Canobolas

Picked 27/1/21

Bottled 19/7/21

Alc – 12 %alc

Bottle Size – 750ml

Technical Data : pH 3.05, TA 7.4 g/L