“Orange" wine is a category or genre of wine, sometimes referred to as "amber" or "skins ferment" wines. The category is defined by fermenting white grapes on skins, a technique more often used with red grapes. The spectrum of how the technique is deployed varies based on the producer or region and a range of grape varieties can be used.
The warmer growing season leading up to the 2018 vintage gave us confidence to include more whole bunches in the ferments. Previous vintages we had only one small ferment but in 2018 we had 3 small ferments which enabled us to play with up to 100% whole bunches in one ferment. The pressing decision was made on taste for each ferment and each was pressed in our Italian basket press with between 32-38 days on skins. After 12 months in old Pinot Noir barrels the wine was bottled with no fining and no filtration.
Winemaker: Grant Taylor
100% Pinot Gris fruits from the Valli Gibbston vineyard (Central Otago)
Only 240 cases produced in 2018