Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Gris
Growing Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Owner/Winemaker: Chris Gambitsis
Gold Medal - Royal Easter Wine Show 2011
I find myself reviewing a second Pinot Gris in nearly as many weeks; someone asked me if Pinot Gris had hit its peak in popularity. I stated - as I have for the past few years, we have all enjoyed some 'young vine' Pinot Gris with an array of cuisine and occasions here in NZ. With more vine age and with more vintage experience and confidence, we have an exciting future ahead with this variety here in NZ.
The grapes for this wine are predominantly from the Eyrie Vineyard in the Waihopai Valley, complemented with fruit from Falcon Vineyard, and the Barnett vineyard in the Wairau Valley. The fruit was crushed and pressed immediately after harvest. Carefully temperature controlled fermentation retained the wine's lifted aromas and palate. An extended period on gross lees enhances the yeast/biscuit base aromas.
In the glass you are greeted by a bright, straw colour. On the nose you will find aromas of ripe pears and almonds. The palate is soft and round, enhanced by having a small portion of the blend fermented in oak barrels, which adds a touch of spice to the full, rich finish. Serve at 8-10C.
Drinking perfectly well this season; and over the next 2-3 years.
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