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.
Sam Coverdale is living his dream. Farming a little patch of Mornington Peninsula and making wines that he loves to drink.
"We believe that great wines have character and balance, and that they are grown on the vine." he says, hence his move toward organic farming principals.
The more care he has taken in the vineyard, the better the wines have become. The proof really is in the pudding.