Mt Difficulty Mansons Farm Pinot Gris 2012 Half Bottle
Sweet late harvest wine.
Made in a late harvest style with residual sugar of 104gL-1, this rich & unctuous wine displays bold citrus and stone fruit aromas. These same fruits explode on the palate with unrestrained enthusiasm, continuing right through the palate. The residual sugar helps to bring richness and balance to the wine without being cloying. This wine will age well, developing some delicious oiliness over time.
Mansons Farm Pinot Gris will improve for 5-8 years given optimal vintage and cellaring conditions.
After the ideal dry winter and a cool wet early spring, the only significant blemish on the 2012 vintage was the advection frost that hit our higher elevation Lowburn blocks in early November and dramatically impacted their crop levels. However, the season from that point on was nigh on a perfect cool season. Later in summer is traditionally our warmest period, but this year the extreme heat happened through Christmas and January, and then the weather cooled to merely ‘pleasantly warm’. It was dry for the most part; interspersed with short rain events happening at times where the moisture posed little threat. Early autumn was not looking auspicious with cooler temperatures and more rainfall than normal when a fantastic Indian summer finished the season off beautifully. Harvest came in two weeks later than usual due to the cooler overall temperatures, which brought a focused flavour profile with good natural acidity levels. It was a normal yielding year, and we have some very interesting wines in the cellar.
We only make this wine in exceptional seasons and 2012 was one of these; the wet spell in mid March brought some botrytis, adding complexity to the ripe fruit.The fruit was harvested mid April, with the picking decision being decided by fruit flavour and concentration alone. The fruit was hand harvested and processed with all care. The juice was racked clean and fermented slowly to retain varietal expression. Chilling and racking the wine stopped the ferment, leaving residual sugar to provide balance and richness to the wine.
Alc. 12.5% T/A 6.8 gL-1 pH 3.6 Residual Sugar 104 gL-1
Accolades & Awards
Gourmet Traveller, Bob Campbell MW, 92/100
“Central Otago's dry weather and low humidity allows for comfortable living but offers little opportunity to make wines with a botrytis influence. Early autumn rain in 2012 followed by a long, dry Indian summer opened the door for good, clean botrytis infection. Moderately luscious wine with peach, pear, quince and honey flavours. Quite concentrated with subtle botrytis influence and strong varietal characters. Sweetness (104 g/l residual sugar) is balanced by fruity acidity.”