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Muse Pinot Gris 2008

Drinking Guide


Drink 2009-2014

A classical expression of Tasmanian Pinot gris that is picked when floral aromas dominate, this fruit was fermented dry and stirred on its lees for texture. Intense honeysuckle, mineral and nutmeg spice aromas with apple and pear undertones notes carry to the palate. Further complexity, aromas and flavours on the nose and palate are derived from a partial wild ferment in French barriques. Lees stirring during wine making has provided long silky texture whilst tight acidity provides a refreshing finish. A perfect aperitif.

Winemakers Comments
Vintage Description
Technical Details

As this is the first Pinot Gris I have made, I approached this wine with a large degree of open-mindedness and experimentation. I wanted to put my effort into not creating either a Pinot Gris or Grigio, but the best wine that was possible from the fruit. After combining the various components and batches a tasting was performed and it was determined that the wine most resembled a French Pinot Gris in both appearance and in winemaking techniques. We have therefore called the 2008 release Pinot Gris. The fruit was sourced from Martin Block, a vineyard adjacent to our St Matthias vineyard for which we currently hold a long-term management lease. It is north-east facing on the West Bank of the Tamar River. This site has been showing low-yielding trends, typical of what we see on our own properties. The vines themselves are younger. The fruit was left on the vine until flavour profiles showed an increase in perfume and floral characters before it was hand-picked.