1 October 2018 | Raidis Estate
The colour of summer
If there’s one thing we love more than seeing people enjoying the fruits of our labour, it’s talking about all things Raidis Estate.
We often get asked about the colour of our Pinot Gris; as in why is your Pinot Gris a Rose colour, when most other Pinot Gris are very light in colour, more like a white wine?
Well, the simple answer is that we think that the best Pinot Gris wines show the true expression of the grape and the region from which it has come. Something that many people don’t know is that Pinot Gris is a bit of an anomaly as far as white wines go, in that the skins of Pinot Gris grapes are a red-grey colour, as opposed to a Riesling grape which is green/ white, and a Cabernet grape which is dark red/ purple.
Pinot Gris is generally made in a white wine winemaking style, where the grapes are crushed and the juice removed from the skins immediately and thus making the style of Pinot Gris which has no red colour in it. At Raidis Estate, we make our Pinot Gris slightly differently, in that we keep the skins in contact with the juice for longer (prior to fermentation) to extract some of that beautiful colour from the skins into our wine, and in doing so the Cheeky Goat Pinot Gris is richer, softer, more luscious, and has a beautiful pink colour.
Whilst not strictly the “typical definition” of what some believe a Pinot Gris should be, it’s the style that best expresses the grape and the Coonawarra region from which it has been grown, and we feel the best way to create an experience for consumers of our beautiful Raidis Estate Pinot Gris that sets us apart from the rest.
Our focus is to make the best wines we can which are true to the variety, the region, and the Raidis Estate style. The Cheeky Goat Pinot Gris is the perfect summer wine, and as always is best enjoyed with delicious food, family and friends.