Region Marlborough, NZ
Vintage: Current Vintage (Enquiries Welcome)
Aroma The sweet, lifted aroma of proving bread appeals on the nose along with pleasant notes of white stone fruit, with spice and citrus adding to this sensory delight.
Palate Sweet Danish pastry and spicy pear tart emerge out of the succulent and sweetly fruited palate. Generous mineral flavours compliment the rich and full weight Ginger and lemon zest add a pleasing zing to the finish. From several vineyards positioned throughout Marlborough comes this rich, full bodied Pinot Gris which is partially barrel fermented. It has stone-fruit and spice flavours with a soft finish – medium dry in style.
Recommended Food: Works well with snapper fillets, rolled in fresh breadcrumbs and shallow fried, or with hot baked ham and glazed kumara.
Recommended Cellaring: 0-4 years
Production Notes: Parcels of grapes were harvested when physiologically ripe from several of our vineyards in Marlborough. The vineyards with heavier soils add weight to the wine,
where the lighter soils bring varietal aromatics. In the winery the majority of juice was fermented in tank at various temperatures and with various yeast to capture
varietal character and build interest. The balance was fermented in old French oak and lees stirred to increase the body and complexity of the wine.
Residual Sugar: 4.3g/l
Awards and Reviews
"The 2013 was fermented in tanks (95 per cent) and old oak barrels (5 per cent). Freshly scented, it is mouthfilling and vibrantly fruity, with ripe stone-fruit and spice flavours, showing good concentration and texture, a touch of complexity and a dry finish."
-Michael Cooper, www.michaelcooper.co.nz
"Recommended as a perfect match for snapper fillets shallow-fried in fresh breadcrumbs - a succulent, rich and spicy, stonefruited wine that has been partly barrel-fermented. Medium-dry. Delicious."
-Warren Barton, Southland Times, 27 January 2014
"Marlborough fruit predominantly cool-fermented in tank with a portion in old French oak to 14.0% alc. and 4.3 g/L RS, the barrel undergoing batonnage. Bright, even straw-yellow colour, lighter on rim. This has an elegant and lifted nose with white and yellow florals and stonefruits, along with pears and esters that gently grow in volume. Dry to taste, light and aromatically lifted fruit flavours of pears and yellow stonefruits grow to form a good core. The mouthfeel has soft-textures balanced by a gentle lusciousness and subtle fruit sweetness, with flavours of honeysuckle unfolding and carrying to an aromatic, dry finish. This is an aromatic, lifted dry Pinot Gris with softness and a gentle fruit sweetness."
www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, March 2014
"A friendly pinot gris, the nicely lifted bouquet shows white peach, pear and citrus aromas with a hint of floral complexity. It's juicy and refreshing on the palate with a rounded mouthfeel, leading to a lingering finish. Very smooth and likable."
-Sam Kim, www.wineorbit.co.nz, March 2014