The grapes for this cool-climate variety were sourced from low-yielding vines of a single vineyard in the Maraekakaho sub-region of Hawkes Bay, which enjoys a temperate climate moderated throughout summer by cooling afternoon breezes. Healthy, flavoursome fruit, was harvested on 22 March 2017 at 20.5° Brix.
The grapes were pressed on arrival, and the clarified juice sent to stainless steel tanks for fermentation, initiated with yeast specially selected for its aromatic expression. The wine was allowed two weeks on lees to enhance its complexity and mouth feel. The emerging wine required no fining, and progressed through to cold stabilisation prior to bottling on 1 September 2017, under screw cap.
This highly appealing single-vineyard Pinot Gris from low yielding vines brims with flavours and aromas of pear, white stonefruit, honeysuckle and lemon citrus notes, and ginger spice hints. The palate is luscious, yet refined, with a soft smooth satisfyingly long finish. A beautifully balanced wine, for enjoyment on its own, or paired with food.