No such problem with Piccolo which we always pick late to give the best chance of overt ripeness, oily texture and honeyed character (botrytis plus shrivel) that is the hallmark of Pinot Gris from the Coney block. This underlying opulence allows us to lower the sugar level to its 7 g/l without running the risk of leanness. Anyway, to most palates Piccolo has a full rounded texture, plenty of typical pear/stonefruit and a pleasant dry finish which declares it to be a foodies wine. These hapless hedonists usually opt for spicy Asian or middle eastern cuisine as the most enthralling match. If your fitness regime, body contour, self-discipline are too strict for such indulgence, a glass on its own will suffice.
Since one of the main applications of Rosé is to accompany malicious gossip and the latest of D Trump’s tweets, it needs to be refreshing as the larynx becomes hot and overworked. It is.
Harvested at 22.8 brix and a TA of 9.1g/l Lisa decided to run with a slightly higher level of sugar, reverting to our old norm of 12g/l. This interrupted our intended trend of inching towards dryness to ensure the best food matches for Margaret’s edgy dishes.
It has been reported that the recently departed Hugh Hefner (Hef to his mother and bunny companions) had a penchant for Ramblin’ Rosé. When asked what he attributed his longevity and virility to Hef said “Well, I’ve always worn a woollen vest under this silk dressing gown. And he admitted a weakness for Coney Ramblin Rosé – “I bathe in it, sometimes accompanied, twice daily”