2017 The Wine Farm Pinot Gris

ProducerThe Wine Farm
RegionGippsland, Vic
StatusAustralian Demeter Biodynamic in-conversion

In 2014, Anna and Neil Hawkins poured their joint worldly effects into a small property they thought might just have everything they needed to start creating their own little world. Great soil, seven acres of vines, a big old shed and lots of bedrooms to fill. They immediately began farming organically.

Neil on purchasing the vineyard, “One advantage of purchasing an existing vineyard is that for once age is on your side.  In our case 20 to 25-year-old roots trucking up the all-important minerals from deep within the soil profile. We farm the vines without the use of insecticides, just copper, sulphur and a pair of hands to combat the mildews. With more emphasis on the latter pair than the former we harness nature’s predators, sun and air, to control powdery and downy mildew respectively. Under no circumstances whatsoever will we use herbicides, systemic fungicides or insecticides in our vines/on our property. The most important life on The Wine Farm (family and pets aside) is what crawls beneath the soils.”

With a focus on soil rejuvenation and controlling weeds with nothing but a whipper snipper below the vines and a mower deck between them, the essential micro-organisms are allowed to thrive and aid the transfer of minerals from soil to vine and ultimately glass. The grapes are hand harvested and gravity is used to move the wine and there’s no filter on The Wine Farm or fining either. No additions apart from 20ppm of sulphur at bottling and if this can be avoided it will. Bottling is also done on-site with a gravity-fed hand bottling unit and sealed with natural cork and wax.


Neil Hawkins


Website http://thewinefarm.com.au
WineThis wine seems to enjoy the extra time on lees and in bottle before hitting the market which allows added richness of character to come through but still being full of energy and vibrancy, it’s very lovely and sharply focused. Its nose starts with a hint of smoky/leesy brioche and citrus blossoms leading to a round palate of apple, lemon/lime and white stone fruits with fine crushed stones and light mineral notes plus a fresh dry/saline element. Think balance, structure, elegance and finesse. One to sip and swirl slowly...if you can.
Tasting NoteCitrus - White peach - Minerally
DrinkDinner party


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