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Pinot Noir is a grape variety that originates from Burgundy in France. It is a cool climate variety and is well suited to the growing conditions of Central Otago.
Pinot Gris is a full bodied, dryish white wine.
Only the vintages premium fruit is allocated to this exclusive label
that bears the name Ventifacts Block.
After the Pinot Noir grapes are hand picked they are held overnight to take advantage of natural overnight cooling. Whol6e bunches of grapes enter the crusher with half being crushed (the other half remaining whole) and the slow and gentle fermentation process begins.
Over the next five to eight days mineral extracts and rich ruby colours are drawn from both the grapes skins and juices. Once finished, yeast is introduced which starts the primary fermentation process where the sugars begin to turn to alcohol.
After 12 days post fermentation maceration begins, extracting tannins and providing structure to the wine. This usually takes between three to eight days. The juice is then pressed off and hand pumped into French oak barrels.
It is within these French oak (70% new, 30% 1-2 years old) barrels that secondary fermentation takes place. After 11and a half months the juice is lightly fined and filtered and finally bottled for your enjoyment.
The Pinot Gris grapes, like the Pinot Noir, are allowed to cool overnight and then de-stemed The grapes then enter the wine press which gently increases pressure over a three hour period. The first juice to be extracted is called 'free run' which amounts to 90% of the total juice. Hard press juice is then extracted under higher pressure, then fined and blended with the free run juice by the winemaker.
The juices are cooled to eight degrees during the following two days after which it is transferred to the fermentation tank. The juice is warmed to 16 - 18 degrees and then the yeast is added . The juice ferments for up to 15 days. This slow fermentation process ensures intensity of aromas.
Our Pinot Gris is a nicely weighted wine, displaying a good balance of sugar and acid. This is a great wine to accompany with food. Serve with lightly spiced chicken salad or barbecued scallops and crayfish.
Our Pinot Rose is made in a similar way to the Pinot Gris up until the fermentation stage when the wine is racked of the yeast lies, to keep all the fruitiness and floral character of the Pinot Rosé. Some really fine lies are kept to give some fatness and great mouth feel to the wine. The wine will stay in full tanks and away from oxygen to retain the best aromas.
A great summer wine, to be enjoyed with antipasto platters, and cold cut meats like ham, salami and pate. Also to be enjoyed at summer time barbecues. For something different, but successful: use the wine to make a jelly, setting it with some gelatin and layering it in a trifle with your favourite berries, sponge and custard.
Judge for Yourself
2009 Drumsara Pinot Noir - Ventifacts Block
2008 Drumsara Pinot Noir - Ventifacts Block
2007 Drumsara Pinot Noir - Ventifacts Block
2005 Drumsara Pinot Noir - Ventifacts Block
2004 Drumsara Pinot Noir - Ventifacts Block
2003 Drumsara Pinot Noir - Ventifacts Block
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Here at Drumsara we are committed to quality. It is only through the use of screw cap bottle sealing technology that we can confidently guarantee against 'cork taint' and premature oxidation.
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