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2016 Waimea Pinot Gris

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Rich floral and white honey aromas dominate the nose of this Pinot Gris. These flavours carry through onto the palate where oily and chalky characters play off each other adding texture and interest to the wine. As an aperitif try with wedges of rock melon wrapped in prosciutto, or as the main it is a cinch with white meats and lightly spiced foods.

Harvest

 

Harvest 2016 was unusual in that it provided more than its fair share of challenges to test our nerve and skill as winegrowers. Spring rainfall was well below the norm-almost drought conditions, then a touch of hail, and then heavy rains. This resulted in a lot of pacing about vineyards and an intense obsession with weather forecasts! But our patience and perseverance was rewarded with some intensely flavoursome wines.

 

Winemaking

 

All five parcels of fruit were harvested very early morning so as to process the fruit icy cold. This helps to preserve aromatics and minimise phenolic pick up. We have significant skin contact time which we have found to promote flavour extraction in this sometimes overly subtle variety.

 The pressing cycles were monitored and early press cuts made, each pressing fraction being treated separately. After three days cold settling to obtain a clarified juice each juice was racked off solids and the flavoursome pressing portions returned back to their original juice.

 A selection of yeast was chosen for the ability to enhance body, texture and varietal aromas in the finished wine. Moderately cool ferments were employed in stainless steel tanks preserving freshness and fruit expression. Each of the five ferments were arrested with varying degrees of residual sugar. Each wine being carefully assessed to determine it's 'sweet spot' and overall balance while still considering how it would marry with the other components.

 The wines were then aged on fine lees for several months to further enhance texture and richness on the palate. The most harmonious blend of these components was then debated and decided upon and the wine blended and prepared for its first bottling in July.

 

Tasting Note

 

Rich floral and white honey aromas dominate the nose of this Pinot Gris. These flavours carry through onto the palate where oily and chalky characters play off each other adding texture and interest to the wine. As an aperitif try with wedges of rock melon wrapped in prosciutto, or as the main it is a cinch with white meats and lightly spiced foods. Careful cellaring will reward with increased honeyed and savoury complexity.

Accolades

  • 5 stars (93/100) Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
  • Silver - International Wine & Spirit Competition 2016

Technical Details

Alcohol:              13.5%

Acidity:               6.37

pH:                     3.52

Residual Sugar:   10.7

EAN:                   9419589000645

 

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