Pinot Gris grapes from the Whitlands Plateau vineyards were picked slightly earlier than picking for table wine. This ensured the bright, natural acidity balanced the delightful fruit characters in the final sparkling wine. Several parcels of Pinot Gris were pressed and fermented separately to ensure the unique characteristics of each batch were retained. Each cuvée was then selected for its flavours, balanced structure and palate length – all essential for any Chandon sparkling. Following tirage and secondary fermentation, Chandon Whitlands Plateau Pinot Gris Cuvée 2018 spent more than 12 months aging on yeast, an essential part of the méthode traditionnelle process. This length of tirage aging was chosen specifically to retain vibrant, generous fruit flavours in a new twist on sparkling wine style for Chandon.