2019 Polperro Pinot Gris

Mornington Peninsula, VIC

One of Mornington Peninsula's premier Pinot Gris. Rich, textural and decadent.



About The Wine

Winemaker Sam Coverdale is making a statement about Pinot Gris with this wine.

He, like so many in Mornington Peninsula (i.e. Kathleen Quealy, Barney Flanders and the like), believes that Pinot Gris can be truly great from this region and transcend the pigeon hole of being nothing but a fruit-driven, dry white.

His Pinot Gris is made more like a Chardonnay than a classic aromatic variety. It's whole bunch pressed to barrel with oxygen encouraged. Once in oak, he allows the juice to go through full malolactic fermentation. Lees work also is a key component of the style.

It's a bold statement, but this truly is a flagship wine from this variety. No holds barred, Sam runs at this full steam ahead and the result is remarkable, a leading Pinot Gris of the region.

Owner/winemaker Sam Coverdale
Owner/winemaker Sam Coverdale
Mornington Peninsula, VIC
Additional Info

From The Producer

The fruit is handpicked and whole bunched pressed using a gentle champagne press cycle. No enzymes or sulphur are used at the press tray and the juice is oxidatively handled to get rid of oxidative enzymes early on in the winemaking process.

The wine is left at ambient and transferred to barrel with full solids, with minimal sulphur added. Fermentation occurs using wild yeast and it is then left unsulfured to the following summer at which time most of the wine has completed full malo- lactic fermentation . A minimal amount of sulphur is added and left in barrel for a total of 6 months where it is racked off gross lees and transferred to tank.

The resulting wine is bottled using no finings and minimal filtration.The vineyard is managed without using herbicides or insecticides and the use of biological and good cultural practices is maximised to control disease.

For the most part only organically permitted fungicides are used to control disease in the vineyard, however, on rare occasions, systemic fungicides are needed. Our plan is to gradually convert the vineyard to organic once the vineyard’s immune system is fully developed.

Blend : Pinot Gris (100%)
ABV : 14%
Closure : Screw cap
Bottle Size : 750ml

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

Powerful aromatics of pear, golden delicious apples, nuts and spices. Little whiff of vanilla which is nice. This is a powerhouse Gris in the mouth. It's tight but big in flavour. Mouth coating layers of citrus, cashews and sweet pear juice flow strong through the wine. It's ambitious and impressive. Epic length. And Sam has nailed it. - Different Drop Wine Team

The Wine Front

"Sees a bit of oak and it’s good for it. It has weight and texture galore. When it comes to flavour this is a wine that keeps on giving. It tastes of cedarwood, nectarine, pear, flint, bran and brine; it comes at you with both barrels. If you’re looking for a full-bodied style of white wine, this is the goods." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)


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