TOP 12 NZ Pinot Gris
The grapes for this cooler-climate loving variety were sourced from low-yielding vines in a single vineyard located within the Crownthorpe sub-region of Hawkes Bay. The site enjoys a temperate climate moderated throughout summer by cooling afternoon breezes, in tandem with alluvial soils underfoot overlaying red metal, on terraced sun-facing slopes, the combination of which is ideally suited to the Pinot Gris variety.
The weather over 2019 growing season is characterised by a cooler start during Spring flowering which helped to naturally moderate crop levels for higher wine quality, leading onto a long dry summer, continuing right through to harvest and providing unpressured conditions to allow the grapes to be picked at optimal ripeness. Healthy fruit was harvested on the 4th of April 2019 at ideal ripeness and flavour profile.
The grapes were pressed on arrival to the winery, and the clarified juice transferred to stainless steel tanks for fermentation, initiated with an inoculated yeast specially selected for its aromatic expression. The wine was then allowed to rest on lees for a further 14 days to enhance complexity and mouthfeel. The emerging wine thereafter received a light fining, progressing through to cold stabilisation prior to bottling on 27th June 2019, under screwcap.
This refined Pinot Gris, crafted from grapes of low-yielding vines within a superior Hawkes Bay vineyard, is full bodied and creamy smooth. It displays attractive peach and apricot flavours complemented with a subtle toasty cashew note, lingering to a deliciously soft aniseed finish. Enjoy with antipasto, chicken or fish dishes.