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2012 Waimea Pinot Gris

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Fruit salad and white floral aromas dominate this Pinot Gris. These characters carry through onto the juicy, off-dry palate which is at once textured, mineral and glazed with clover honey. This wine makes a pretty and stimulating aperitif, with enough texture and interest to make a satisfying food wine.

Harvest

The growing season, summer 2011-2012 was very cloudy for Nelson, with many records broken. It was the wettest summer on record, and an almighty rain event in December combined with cool temperatures made for a worrying time going into harvest. Would we get enough warm weather in Autumn that we needed to fully ripen our grapes? To our great relief April was characterized by frequent highs resulting in very dry
and sunny conditions. April sunshine hours being thehighest on record for our region and fantastic afternoon maximum temperatures meant full ripeness was at last achieved.

Parcels of grapes for this wine were harvested in the second and last week of April. Three separate parcels were chosen for their different characters, all coming off the stony alluvial soils of the Waimea Plains. Brix of the parcels was 23-24. 

Winemaking

Each parcel of fruit for this wine was harvested very early in the morning and gently pressed while still icy cold, to preserve aromatics and minimise phenolic pick up. After cold settling for three days, each juice was racked off solids and the clear juice was fermented with a selection of yeasts chosen for their ability to enhance body, texture and varietal aromas in the finished wine. Moderately cool fermentations (13-15°) in stainless steel tanks has preserved freshness and fruit expression, contributing to the elegance of this wine.

The fermentations were stopped with some residual sugar remaining, to balance the mineral and fine phenolic structure of this Pinot Gris. Batonnage (or lees stirring) was carried out for several months to further enhance texture and depth on the palate. The individual portions were then assessed and blended in August. The wine remained on fine lees until early 2013 when the wine was stabilised, cross flow filtered and bottled in early Feb 2013.

Tasting notes

Fruit salad and white floral aromas dominate this Pinot Gris. These characters carry through onto the juicy, off-dry palate which is at once textured, mineral and glazed with clover honey. This wine makes a pretty and stimulating aperitif, with enough texture and interest to make a satisfying food wine.

Technical Details

Varietal: 100% Pinot Gris
Alcohol:
13.5%
Acidity:
6.5g/L
pH:
3.57
Res Sugar:
8.2g/L
EAN:
9419589000645

Wine Reviews

Wine Orbit *****
This wine has an instant appeal. The fragrant bouquet shows peach, tropical fruit, pear and floral notes, followed by a concentrated and succulent palate filled with delicious flavours, finishing superbly long and refreshing. At its best: now to 2015.

Raymond Chan *****

Brilliant straw-yellow colour with pale green-gold hues. This has an elegantly presented nose that grows in layers and volume showing pure aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits lifted with complexing notes of minerals, honeysuckle and spices. The bouquet has an array of detail and nuance. Off-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the flavours of white and yellow stonefruits form an elegantly rich core. Gentle layers of interest unfold, with minerals, honey, exotic florals and spices. The fruit is supported by fresh, lacy acidity that provides excellent tension and line, and the flavours are carried to a very long, lingering finish of stonefruits, honeysuckle and minerals. This is an off-dry, fresh and lively Pinot Gris with subtle richness and weight. Serve with Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese cuisine over the next 4+ years.

 

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