Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Gris
Growing Region: Parkburn & Gibbston Valley Back Road, Queenstown, New Zealand
Winemaker: Malcolm Rees-Francis
Silver - NZ International Wine Awards 2010.
As I have said on many occasions, Central Otago with its varied topography, diurnal extremes and diverse soil types, can and are starting to produce dynamic wines from both red and white grape varieties - and this white wine is simply another exciting example.
The cool growing season in 2010 allowed for excellent flavour development and bright aromatics in the fruit. The Pinot Gris grapes have retained their natural sugars enhancing the fragrant fruit characters and nicely balanced with supple texture and firm acidity. After harvest, with the 'Parkburn' fruit being picked in April and the 'Gibbston' fruit picked in May - fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at approx 13C to retain aromatics and finesse. Then at a carefully selected point fermentation was stopped at a desired sugar/acid balance and then racked and blended.
On the nose you are greeted by bright stone-fruit notes and juicy pear aromas. The palate is vibrantly fruity and off-dry, layered over a rich, supple and a smooth texture in the mouth. A firm backbone of natural acidity leads onto a very long, fruity and clean finish. Serve at 8C.
Drinking perfectly well this summer; and over the coming 2-3 years.
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