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2018 Ravensworth Pinot Gris

Canberra District

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Our Price: $27.99 / bottle (RRP: $29.00 ) Case: 6 x 750ml

'So bloody good to drink.'
94 Points - Gary Walsh

  • Pinot Gris from the Long Rail Gully vineyard. Freshly bottled in June, this is a mesmerising wine of colour, flavour and whimsy.

    Plenty has been said about Ravensworth and Bryan Martin, particularly when it comes to their red wines, but we feel that their whites might be even more deserving of the lavish praise. This Pinot Gris (with a touch of Pinot Noir and a beautiful Autumnal colour) has a touch more skin contact than previous, and is all the better for it. 94 Points from Gary Walsh (even at this early stage in its life) means this could be one of the first 'must-have' wines of the 2018 vintage. 


    All sorts of shenanigans went on this year after being inspired by the beautiful colour of last year's gris: we used some carbonic action to bring out the spice and other savoury elements that linger deep in the pinot gris berry and skin, then we held a few batches on skins for 3-5 days to add texture  and finallly whole-bunch pressed another batch to preserve the fresh fruit aromatics. Each batch was fermented in oak, concrete, ceramic and inox. So yeh, a lot going on and so much fun to make.

    Vintage - Small crops, varied conditions from some rain and hail, heat and cold, but nothing could spoil the party with the autumn finishing warm with the regional cool nights.

    Variety - Pinot Gris, with a dash of Pinot Noir


    A little more hands off this year, more skins involved and less fussing around prior to packaging. Spicy, pink grapefruit, a hint of cranberry and strawberry even. More texture from the skin contact yet still delicate and reserved.


    'Nashi pear, some spice and perfume, maybe something like brittle toffee? Juicy and plump, fine balance, creamy, a spread of ultra-fine powdery tannin keeps it trim, and there’s some other other stuff going on, not least a long finish with a hint of bitterness, yet never mind all that really: richness, with freshness, structure, and flavour is the import. So bloody good to drink.'
    94 Points - Gary Walsh

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