Grape Pinot Gris, Bacchus
Producer Stopham Estate
Winemaker Simon Woodhead Alcohol 11.5% Bottle size 75cl
‘Precision and Passion’ is the mission statement behind Simon Woodhead and his team at Stopham Estate. Simon used to design automotive sensors at TAG McLaren F1 – that’s the ‘precision’ before indulging his ‘passion’ and enrolling at Plumpton College to study viticulture. Such a background combined with a fantastic location has produced a delicious fizz using Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc harvested in 2009.
Whether you are a Pinot Gris fan or not, you cannot fail to appreciate how well this wine is made. Off-dry and pale yellow in colour with aromatic peach and pear fruit alongside the floral character. On the palate, this has excellent balance with crisp acidity. It is fairly full in body, with plenty of juicy fruit intensity, but is refreshing and long, with a delicate citrus and stone fruit finish and so, so smooth.