Pinot Gris Grigio Nelson New Zealand
The Nelson River region, at the top northwest corner of New zealand's South Island, is blessed by high sunshine hours which stimulate the vines into yielding the ripest fruit, followed by cool evenings which contribute a fresh natural acidity. One of the higher profile Nelson wineries, Waimea Estates has grown quickly in size and stature since its first vineyards were planted in 1993. From parcels of fruit grown to the stony alluvial soils of Waimea Plains, a pretty and stimulating Pinot Gris wine, endowed with varietal textures and brimming with Nelson River charm.
Pinot Gris is harvested throughout the cool of early morning and gently pressed while still icy cold, to preserve aromatics and minimise phenolic pick up. After three days of cold settle, the clear juices are racked off solids and inoculated to Alsation yeasts chosen for their ability to enhance body, texture and varietal aromas. A cool vinification at 13° to 15° in chilled fermenters preserves freshness of fruit, contributing elegance and finesse. Ferments are arrested, retaining some residual sugar, to balance the mineral and fine phenolic structure. A course of lees stirring batonnage, enhances texture and contributes to the depth of palate, to be followed by assemblage into the finished wine. Alcohol 13.5%
Light straw peach hue. This lovely example of Nelson Pinot Gris has aromas of pear drops, candied apple, fresh figs and Mirabelle plums. An off-dry entry leads into a textured mid-palate, with nice acidity on the sides, the wine ends with a soft, non-bitter finish. Good concentration of fruit weight gives the wine real presence on the palate and with the balanced palate architecture creates an elegant wine that is very versatile with food.