Pinot Gris Grigio Marlborough New Zealand
True to Stoneleigh's distinctive style, this flavoursome Pinot Gris captures the essence of Marlborough, a unique terroir which gives rise to the wine's quality. The skill at vinification and the resources available to Stoneleigh's winemaking team all contribute to a Pinot Gris with its own sense of place. Crafted from ripe, intensely flavoured grapes, dry in style, beautifully balanced with good weight of fruit and refreshing acidity. Completely unwooded and unoaked, Stoneleigh is bottled young to capture the fresh aromatics of Marlborough Pinot Gris.
From grapes grown close to the mighty Wairau River, conditions can extend the hang time of fruit on the vine enabling it to reach maximum flavour intensity, creating a wine with fine aromatics and palate richness. The grapes are harvested once a desired concentration is reached and berry shrivel has begun. Fruit is crushed through a bag press, juices are drained and pressed from skins to minimise excessive phenolic extraction, then settled to remove solids. Juices are slowly fermented by choice aromatic yeasts at cool temperatures, to retain the very distinctive regional and varietal character. Stoneleigh remains on yeast lees for a spell before receiving a light fining and filtering prior to bottling. Alcohol 13.9%
Rich, straw colours with yellow highlights. Complex nose, warm and rich with poached pear and lifted citrus blossom complemented by rock melon. The full bodied and rich palate offers lingering tropical fruit flavours of melons, pineapple and mango finishing with a lasting complex oiliness that coats the mouth.