Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Gris
Growing Region: Waihopai Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand
Winemaker: Tracy Haslam
The Pinot Gris grapes were machine harvested and only lightly pressed; all the juice was fermented at a cool temperature in stainless steel tanks. The fermentation was then stopped before becoming completely dry so as to retain approx 4 grams/litre residual sugar.
A small portion of the pressings were kept separate and fined with a little casein, and then fermented in two and three year old French barrels. After fermentation the barrels were lees stirred once a week for 3 months. The free run juice was fermented at 14C in stainless steel tanks and then after fermentation the wine was racked immediately. The two parcels were blended, then stabilised, filtered and then bottled.
In the glass the wine has a pale straw colour. On the nose the wine has hints of citrus and pear. The wine has classic generosity of good Pinot Gris grapes. In the mouth the wine has a soft supple mid palate and a persistent length and structure from the ripe fruit, subtle acid, and nicely balanced clean finish. Serve at 8C.
Drinking perfectly well this season; and over the next 4-5 years.
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