Even Keel Pinot Gris is a young and vibrant Pinot Gris has a floral nose with a hint of ginger spice. A layered wine with citrus fruit on the palate lingering on, to finish with crisp nashi pear to balance the richness.
The Even Keel Pinot Gris is left at ambient and transferred to barrel with full solids, with minimal sulphur added. Fermentation occurs using wild yeast and it is then left unsulfured to the following summer at which time most of the wine has completed full malo- lactic fermentation.
The fruit is handpicked and whole bunched pressed using a gentle champagne press cycle. No enzymes or sulphur are used at the press tray and the juice is oxidatively handled to get rid of oxidative enzymes early on in the winemaking process.
A minimal amount of sulphur is added and left in barrel for a total of 6 months where it is racked off gross lees and transferred to tank. The resulting wine is bottled using no finings and minimal filtration.
Reviews from previous vintages
93 POINTS- Winsor Dobbin, Wine of the week
“Winemaker Sam Coverdale is producing some excellent Mornington Peninsula wines under both the Polperro and Even Keel labels. While this is labelled as gris, rather than grigio, I found the 2015 Polperro release much more in the gris spectrum than this younger wine, which has an appealing vibrancy and freshness with a crisp acid finish in the Italian grigio style. Wild yeast ferment, malo and barrel ageing add complexity but the bright natural acid and ripe pear and zingy citrus zest notes make this extremely refreshing. Well worth.”
93 POINTS- QWines
“It’s almost as though this Pinot Gris reflects Sam’s persona – generous, creative and welcoming.I could just smell this and feel content. A faint touch of nutmeg wafts by as does under ripe pear and a sliver of lemon peel. There’s creamy appeal too. Delivery is plentiful – some citrus flecks, more cream and pear fruit plus a gentle ginger spice holding it together. I just want to drink it.”
91 POINTS – Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
“Like this perfume. White pear, sniff of nougat and cashews, touch of slate-like mineral character. The palate has lots going on too, best of all a little chalkiness to texture. Pushes pear and lime flavours long, tight, through to its fine finish. Charisma. Great drinking.”