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 vintage is going to bring.
This Pinot Gris shows a lovely combination of poached pear, stonefruit and zesty grapefruit aromas along with fragrant spicy notes on the nose. The pear and stonefruit characters are carried through to the palate where they combine with subtle creamy, nutty notes derived from the partial wild fermentation and yeast lees ageing.
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Marlborough Pinot Gris has come a long way over the last few years. The new clones planted in the last 5 years have been producing beautiful little berries which are full of concentrated flavours of spice and stonefruits. This adds lovely layers of complexity and aromatics to the wine. The fruit for this Pinot Gris comes from the Lower Dashwood and Lower Wairau sub regions of Marlborough. A portion has been hand-harvested with the balance picked in the cool of the morning by machine. The machine harvested portion of this fruit was fermented with selected commercial yeast strains chosen to enhance the natural flavours of the variety. The hand-picked portion was whole bunch pressed, then wild fermented with natural yeasts. This also underwent a full malolactic fermentation. Lees stirring in the barrel has also added an extra textural component to the wine.