Belbird Spring Aeris (500ml, 17.5% alc./vol.)
An old nutty dry white wine aged in old oak barrels under a veil of yeast, followed by extended oxidative aging.
A wine made in fashion most similar to the sous voile wines of Jura, France; with elements of an amontillado sherry.
Pinot Gris was fermented to dryness in old oak barriques and topped and stored for a year. For the subsequent two years the wine continued to be aged in old oak barrels on ullage under a veil of flor yeast. In the fourth year the wine was on ullage with flor dying off. The wine remained on ullage for a further four years. The wine was not protein stabilised, or filtered prior to bottling. Aeris is unfortified but has a final alcoholic strength of 17.5% achieved through evaporation in cask.
The Latin word Aeris translates as “Air”. It is this wine's contact with air that gives it its characteristic flavour.
SUGGESTED FOOD AND FLAVOUR MATCHES
Nuts, olives, salty hard cheese, rice dishes and fattier meats.