Rich with delicate aromatics and the subtle palate weight of classic Marlborough Pinot Gris. Dry in style with a lush palate and glorious balance. A wine of remarkable intensity.
The fruit was hand picked, chilled overnight, gently pressed, ambiently sett led, racked and cool fermented in stainless steel tanks, with selected yeast strains to enhance the unique aromatics and flavours.
- NZ - Marlborough
- New Zealand
Fresh and floral, with a juicy palate, offering citrus fruit, pear and apple flavours, and an off-dry, finely textured finish.3.5 Stars - Michael Cooper, Michael Ivicevich & Nick Picone, Winestate Magazine (APR/2010)
Winery Tasting Notes
The 2009 Wither Hills Marlborough Pinot Gris shows benchmark varietal characteristics. It is dry in style with lovely peach, honeysuckle, lime and pear, aromatics. The palate is extraordinarily balanced with smooth spicy pear flavours, sweet phenolics, a lush palate and glorious balance. A wine of remarkable intensity.
The grapes for Wither Hills Marlborough Pinot Gris come from our own coastal Rarangi vineyard and the hillside Fairbourne Drive vineyard which looks west over the Brancott Valley. The juice from these two vineyards were kept separate throughout the winemaking process to provide vineyard integrity and also offering the greatest possible number of blending combinations. The fruit was hand picked, chilled overnight, gently pressed, ambiently settled, racked and cool fermented in stainless steel tanks with selected yeast strains to enhance the unique aromatics & flavours. A small amount was allowed to ferment naturally in old French oak barriques to provide complexity, texture and mouthfeel. After fermentation the wines remained on light yeast lees to enhance palate feel and structure. The wines were then racked, blended, filtered, and bottled to retain and capture the delicate aromatics and subtle palate weight of Marlborough Pinot Gris.