Region: Bendigo Hills, Central Otago, New Zealand
Tasting Notes: A rich and opulent Pinot Gris that displays autumn floral and fruit aromas. The palate has a textual mouthfeel with a fresh acidity on the finish. All these elements combine to give fantastic ageing potential.
Winemaking: A lot of work is done in the vineyard for this wine. We hand harvest then ferment in a mixture of stainless-steel tanks and older puncheons to build complexity, then racked to a seasoned French Oak cuvee for 8 months maturation. The wine is made with minimal intervention, whole bunch pressed, and only the free run juice is used – to achieve finesse and provide longevity to the wine. We use a mixture of cultured yeast and wild yeast to impart nuances of flavours and the wine was matured on lees for 6 months to build texture and enhance the mouth feel.
Technical: Alcohol - 13.5%. TA - 5.4g/l. pH - 3.48g/l. RS - 4.8g/l. Contains sulphites. BioGro certified organic.
Winemaker: Allan McWilliams.
Accolades: NZ Organic Wine Awards 2022 - Silver Medal Winner
"An enticing wine of spice the fruit, lees then texture. Aromas of white spice then apple skin, pear flesh then mineral. Flavours on the palate include white fleshed tree fruits - especially yellow apple then pear, quince then a touch of cider and sour beer. Medium+ acidity and alcohol add texture, freshness, and weight. Balanced and well made, fruity, youthful and generous." - Cameron Douglas MS, 92/100 points
"This is one of my favourite New Zealand Pinot Gris wines hands down. Hands all over the place in fact. Hand-harvested, whole bunch pressed and only the free-run juice was fermented with a combo of cultured and wild yeasts in a mixture of stainless-steel tanks and older barrels, then transferred to a seasoned oak vessel for 8 months to mature. The result is a deliciously dry yet incredibly rich, juicy, spice-driven glass of deliciousness. Nashi, apple crumble and nectarine niceness abound and yet it boasts a super-fresh, lively finish. Fab." - Yvonne Lorkin, 5/5 stars