Now this is something that gets us seriously excited! We have been sourcing some new Pinot Gris clonal material in Marlborough over the last 4 years (M2 and 52B for you vine nerds out there!). These new clones produce beautiful tiny little berries which are absolutely full of flavour, adding some great new layers of complexity to the wine.
The Gris comes from Lower Dashwood, Lower Wairau & Rapaura sub-regions of Marlborough and has been harvested by hand and machine in April 2014. The processing time at the winery has been deliberately kept to an absolute minimum to preserve the bright fruit flavours. The machine harvested portion of the fruit has been fermented with selected yeast strains chosen to further enhance the natural flavours of the variety. The hand-picked portion has been whole-bunch pressed, fermented with indigenous yeast and it underwent malolactic fermentation. Lees stirring in the barrel has also added extra textural component to the wine.
The result is a stunning example of Marlborough Pinot Gris. Aromas of white fleshed nectarines and fragrant spice leap out of the glass. Take a sip and you get all sorts of delicious stone-fruit on the palate - nectarines and ripe peaches combine with nutty, spicy characters, all resting on a backbone of lovely bright acidity.
We hope you enjoy this wine as much as we do!
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