Pinot Gris Grigio Marlborough New Zealand
Pinot Gris is sourced from Ants Nest Vineyard, high up on a ridge overlooking Marlborough's Waihopai Valley, where Catalina Sounds have taken a very hands on role to husbanding vines. The team are devoted to fashioning highly expressive wines that stand the test of being fully approachable when young, whilst carrying the palate weight and quality of fruit to mate with fine faire and develop in the short term. Catalina Sounds exudes bright varietal characters of peaches and nut with the distinctive luscious lychee expression of Marlborough.
At Catalina Sounds, the fruit is the focus, sourcing the best possible from good growers is fundamental. Winemaking tis non interventional, the fruit must be allowed to express itself. The wines are meant to be food friendly and unpretentious. Pinot Gris vines are grown to clay soils rooted on the ridge line, they impart minerality, fruit density and finesse to the structure. Grapes are predominantly hand harvested and whole bunch pressed. A variety of fermentation techniques were employed, some parcels are quickly vinified at warm temperatures in oak puncheons in order to build a savoury profile. Others are held in chilled fermenters to preserve aromatics while building richness.
Goldish lemon hue. Lifted honey and pear, apricot and orange blossom aromas. Rich, full and luscious palate with honey, lemon and poached pear syrup characters that coat the mouth. The tang of citrus sorbet accompanies the fruit, it's a wonderfully complex wine, yet easy to appreciate. The palate is rich yet supple, combining tastes of pear and apricot with a clean and dry finish.