Region Marlborough, New Zealand
Winemaker Adam Hazeldine
Aroma Baked pear with floral/rose notes.
Palate Orange peel. Upfront fruit - pear again, with mineral. Honeyed. Good breadth and a focused gingery finish
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: 3.0g/l
Awards and Reviews
SILVER MEDAL - International Wine Challenge 2013
"Brilliant straw-yellow colour, pale on rim. The bouquet is light with subtle aromas of yellow stonefruits, along with notes of pears and savoury, nutty, honeysuckle elements. Dryish to taste, this is elegant and up-front with flavours of stonefruits, pears and honey that show some sweetness and richness. The mouthfeel is rounded, with a little alcohol warmth adding to the body and generosity. Discreet acidity and fine, soft textures provide a good line which leads to a rounded, dry finish. This is a rounded Pinot Gris with some subtly rich honeysuckle flavours. Serve with Asian cuisine over the next 3-4 years."
-Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Jan 2013
"An elegant expression of the variety showing youthful aromas of white peach, pear, floral and lemon/lime on the nose. The palate is finely textured and pristine with lovely weight and bright acidity, leading to a long, crisp finish. At its best: now to 2015. $20.00. Moderate availability. 14% Screw cap. www.babichwines.co.nz. Jan 2013."
- Sam Kim, www.wineorbit.co.nz, March 2013