Nikau - 2020 ‘Tonimbuk’ Amphora Granite

2020 ‘Tonimbuk’ Amphora Granite

Pinot Grigio, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc
Gippsland, VIC

"This cuveé is comprised of Pinot Grigio (an Italian clone), Pinot Gris (a French clone), a handful of Chardonnay and 5 single rows of Sauvignon Blanc farmed by us at the Tonimbuk site. Being grown on coarse, weathered granite soils gives this wine a lean and mineral driven nature. Co-Fermentation took place in stainless steel with whole bunch skin-contact for approx 6 weeks. The wine was then transferred by gravity to one 600L Amphora for roughly 1 year. It was then bottled by hand and has spent another 6 months in bottle before release. This is an orange wine but with a very refined and elegant feel to it. It has great structure and drive which come from the lean Granitic soils. The time in amphora has given it another layer of complexity and while it is a varietal blend, being from the same vineyard – and in fact the same part of the vineyard – it has a very cohesive feel to it. Wild ferment. No S02. No pumps. No adds. No oak. A pure representation of site, place and time. Sealed with premium natural cork and beeswax. 655 bottles produced" – Dane Johns