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The Rude Mechanicals, Ephemera Viognier & Pinot Gris by Keith Tulloch 2017
Viognier 60%, Pinot Gris 40%
New South Wales
On the nose there are the honeysuckle and orange-blossom signatures of Viognier with background fragrances of spice and ripe pear from the Pinot Gris. The fruit is tight and elegant with a crystalline quality. Poised and precise with hints of lemongrass and fresh ginger, the wine is bright and fine but has depth and a fresh, long finish. For a wine called Ephemera, the wine is actually ironically long on the finish.
The Viognier and Pinot Gris are harvested separately, using premium dry-grown vineyards exclusively within NSW. Both varieties are harvested at maximum ripeness to achieve the richest expression of varietal character. Viognier is fermented cold in stainless steel and is then left on yeast lees for 4 months prior to racking and filtration - this gives a rich and round texture, with typical up-front mouth-filling varietal flavour. The Pinot Gris is also predominately fermented cold in stainless steel, with up to 20% being transferred to barrique to undergo barrel fermentation. This portion takes on a finer spicy length.
The Rude Mechanicals refers to a specific group of characters in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. These skilled labourers or craftsmen want to put on a play within this play. Similarly, every year Boutinot challenge some of our best Aussie producers to make something they might not usually make - a motley crew of talented and crafty winemakers given a chance to express themselves with something fun, different, exciting and a treat to drink... a small list of wines to sit within a bigger portfio list. Recent examples include a Viognier-Pinot Gris blend from South Australia and a fizzy Frontignac-Gew�rz. Told you these wines were different! Each year the range evolves, so keep an eye out for future funky hybrids. 'Rude Mechanicals' isn't just a cool name for a band.
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