Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Gris
Growing Region: Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand
Winemaker: Matt Connell
Silver Medal - Air NZ Wine Awards 2010.
Yes - central Otago produces more than just Pinot Noir. Among the other varieties, it also makes Pinot Gris - and does so very well, in a style that the world has another good reason to enjoy wines from this part of the world. Situated on the lower terrace of the vineyard and one of the cooler blocks. Planted on young alluvial, schist based sandy/silt and very sandy free draining loams, with the vine age ranging from 4 - 12 years.
This 2009 wine is well structured with richness and poise that now typifies the Akarua Pinot Gris style. Fermented in stainless steel tank and 15% of the juice in old neutral oak barriques. After fermentation the wine had lees contact and was stirred once a week for 6 months.
In the glass - the wine is bright and clear with a pale golden hue. The nose has lifted aromas of orange blossom and pear. In the mouth a lush layered palate with white peach and citrus flavours. The wine finishes with a zesty punch of fresh ginger and orange peel tang. Serve at 8-10C.
Drinking perfectly well this summer; and over the next 18 months.
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