An unassuming grape that has found a perfectly suited site on a sheltered part of our lower terrace 'C Block', tucked in a corner where successive flood events have deposited rich layers of mineral laden soils and overlaid them with gravels. This strata is sometimes stony on the surface but with veins of richness not far beneath. The vines enjoy balanced growth once established and consistently produce tight bunches with small berries. Fruit selection occurs in the vineyard from the best performing clonal selections during the season.
- NZ - Marlborough
- New Zealand
"Medium style pinot gris in an Alsace-like vendange tardive style, with an appealing spicy finish that's rare to find in wines from this country. It's smooth-textured and very long, with a layer of exotic fruit flavours" 5 Stars / 93 Points - Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine
"Brilliant straw-yellow colour with light golden hues, pale on rim. Initially tight, the bouquet is intensely packed with aromas of yellow florals, pear, honey and minerals that exude a subtle decadence. Medium in sweetness and full in weight, ripe and lush flavours of yellow stone fruits, honey and a hint of caramel are harmoniously entwined and show excellent presence, enhanced somewhat by warm alcohol generosity and power. Soft and oily in mouthfeel, and restrained in acidity, there is an underlying phenolic line that carries the flavours and richness to a sustained, rounded finish. This is a full and powerful, but smooth, rich and lush Pinot Gris to match pates, rich Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine and semi-hard cheeses over the next 3-5 years." 5 Stars - Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
“reveals wonderfully expressive notes of ripe apricots, jasmine, pear juice, guava and mandarin peel with a whiff of allspice. The full bodied palate offers a fairly sweet style (31 grams per liter of residual sugar) with crisp, enlivening acidity, great concentration and a long finish. Drink this one now to 2014.” Rating 90 - eRobertParker.com
Winery Tasting Notes
Spice, ripe quince, and a delicate vanilla and citrus lift.
Creamy and full with a fine balance of ripe fruits and complex secondary flavours.
3 - 6 years.