Pinot Gris Grigio New Zealand
This elegantly aromatic expression of New Zealand Pinot Gris is sourced from cool ripening vineyards. A diverse range of soils and grape characteristics enable the winemakers to negotiate and construct an animated style of wine. Free draining stones over silt produce tighter, more highly structured wines. Richer soils with increased clay content yield fuller wines with varietal intensity. Gentle pressing and cool fermentation have preserved delicate spice notes, complemented by lush pear and light pineapple characters.
A mixture of vines and new Pinot Gris clones on Millardet 101-14, Couderc 3309, SO4 and Riparia Gloire rootstock. All grapes are destemmed and lightly crushed with a minimal skin contact, using a new type of bag press, which permits the juices to drain quickly, reducing the skin contact and minimising the extraction of phenolics. Free run juices were fermented at 15C with CY3079 yeast strains to retain maximum fruit character and add weight to the palate. Small amounts of other varietals may be included in the cepage, adding interest by enhancing the aromatics and flavour. Completely unwooded and unoaked, racked off lees before fining, filtered and bottled early to retain the fresh fruit characters.
Light straw hues. Aromas of fresh pear, stonefruits and subtle tropical notes. The palate shows pear and ripe citrus flavours, finishing to a well balanced, natural acidity. An assemblage of key cool climate vineyards achieves an immensely satisfying wine with distinct varietal character, intensity and freshness. Best enjoyed while young and lightly chilled, Pinot Gris is the classic food white, ideally suited to spicey Asian, tapas or Al fresco.