Fruit was sourced from a selection of blocks at our Hazards vineyard on the east coast of Tasmania. The focus was to get richness and intensity by picking the grapes quite late. Hand picked to ensure minimal colour pickup from the skins at baumé levels ranging from 12.5 to 13.5. No oak was used in the aging of this Pinot Gris. To gain more palate richness the fermentation was stopped just short of dry.
Located in the small settlement of Priory, close to the tourist destinations of Binalong Bay and the Bay of Fires and just 3kms from the town of St Helens; one of Tasmania’s premium holiday destinations on the sunny East Coast. Priory Ridge is a boutique vineyard on 20 hectares with ideal north facing slopes that maximises its exposure to sunlight. The soil is Devonian granite rich in mineral content, transferring a unique “terroir” to the wine. Formally known as Tarpot Farm, the property has been in the ownership of Julie Llewellyn’s family (Reid/Clifford) for over 120 years. Julie’s Great Grandparents settled at Priory in 1889 after migrating from England in 1880. Before its conversion to grapes the property was mainly used to graze sheep, cattle and some cropping. Priory Ridge has the George River as its Northern boundary and the vineyard draws its water from a small dam on the property.