2016 I'll Fly Away Shiraz Pinot Gris
Notes from the winemaker..: The Shiraz fruit for this wine came from the Six Js Vineyard (formerly know as Roundstone) in Steels Creek in the lower Yarra Valley. After hand picking the fruit was transferred as whole bunches to a stainless steel tank, which was sealed up, and allowed to spontaneously ferment. After fermenting for about a week the Shiraz was pressed to a stainless steel tank to continue fermentation. When fermentation was complete the Shiraz was racked to an old 500L puncheon for maturation for 8 months. A separate portion of Pinot Gris from the Coombe Farm Vineyard was fermented as whole bunches with full skin contact in stainless steel tank. This was pressed two weeks later and transferred to an old 225L barrel to complete fermentation, and then left on full lees for 8 months. This portion makes up approx 15% of the final wine. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered, with a small addition of sulfur dioxide prior to fermentation and then again just prior to bottling. The wine smells rich with ripe red fruits, sarsaparilla and a sappy stemminess, in the mouth it is light to medium bodied with dusty tannins, red fruits, earthiness and aniseed.