Pinot Gris Grigio Marlborough New Zealand
The precious vines at Clifford Bay are nurtured throughout the growing season by an experienced, motivated and highly talented team. One of their most charming achievements is the subtle elegance of Pinot Gris grown to the low yielding site. The wine exudes aromas of pear, apples and spice followed by a well rounded palate with concentration of flavour. A lively finish exhibits the distinctive minerality which is so distinctive of Clifford Bay's rich and generous wines.
A regimen of careful canopy and yield management techniques, including leaf plucking and shoot thinning are employed are essential to encouraging the most splendid harvests from Clifford Bay's sustainably certified vines. Lower than average crop yields achieve wines of great intensity and fine aromatics. Pinot Gris is harvested from estate and grower vineyards in the Awatere and Wairau Valleys, throughout the cool of night to retain flavour and freshness. Grapes are gently pressed and the juices inoculated through choice strains of yeast which are selected for their capacity to enhance the nose and palate. A cool vinification in temperature controlled fermenters preserves the lively Pinot Gris flavours. Alcohol 13.0%
Light straw in colour. Lifted bouquet of stonefruits, orchard and spice. A mouth filling and well rounded palate, pears, apples and spice characters linger to a crisp dry finish. Exhibits impressive concentration of varietal fruit characters and an attractive mineral undertone. An excellent match with good food.