2015 Tongue in Groove "Lil' Stomper" Pinot Gris-Gewurztraminer North Canterbury (Skin Contact/Orange Wine)
An 'orange' wine. Mostly Pinot Gris, with a small amount of Gewürztraminer. One vat was foot stomped the second was not. The wine was fermented on the skins and then left on skins for 16-31 days before spending eight months in oak. The wine is murky and pink/orange in colour. The initial impression is of subtle sweetness and white-fleshed plums. Fine tannins give the wine a grippy, drying finish. It compares pretty well to the 'orange' wines I have tasted to date. Very different. A good introduction to the world of 'orange' wines.
Winemaker's Notes: "Orange Wine involves making white wine using similar techniques to those used to make red wine. It’s an age old technique and involves minimal intervention from the winemaker. It takes a certain amount of nerve however to let the wine make itself. There were two vats, one was a combination mostly of Pinot Gris and some Gewurztraminer, the bunches of grapes were destemmed resulting in whole berries. The other vat was 100% PG where the bunches were hand picked and put into an open topped barrel which we transported to the vineyard. Only small children could fit in the top of the barrel and they foot crushed the bunches as they were picked; hence the name Little Stomper. Natural yeast carried out both fermentations and then after one year in barrel the wine was bottled without fining or filtration of any sort. The wine is slightly cloudy and will throw a small deposit in the bottle. No sulphur dioxide has been added but the resulting wine has good tannin levels which will enable bottle aging for the next 1-2 years."