If Sauvignon Blanc is designed in the vineyard, then the converse is true with Pinot Gris.
For Jules it’s a grape where you can use different techniques and methods each year, evolving the techniques and trying something a little different. The pleasure is in the not knowing what each year is going to bring.
Made in a fresh, vibrant style this Pinot Gris has complexity and texture from the partial wild and malolactic fermentations. With a light lime green colour, the wine has aromas of sweet quince, nashi pears and a hint of spice on the palette. It is a wonderfully inviting pale
Download the Pinot Gris 2010 tasting notes (PDF, 300 KB)
This wine was made with fruit from two niche blocks in Marlborough’s Awatere Valley, harvested in late March and early April. To retain the full fruit flavours the grapes were picked in the cool of the morning. Part of the harvest was bunch pressed, then fermented with natural yeasts and underwent full malolatic fermentation. The balance of grapes were fermented with commercial yeast strains and then fermented to enhance the natural fruit flavours of the variety.
4 1/2 stars, WINESTATE NZ recent releases tasting. (featuring in Winestate Sept/Oct 11 issue)
Silver (Best in class) - 2011 International Wine & Spirit Competition UK
Top 100 Blue Gold Award - 2012 Sydney International Wine Competition