Pinot Gris 2018

Pinot Gris 2018 Photo
Region: Nelson
Origin: New Zealand

Tasting Notes

A brilliant pale gold in the glass, this complex fruit-driven Pinot Gris from Nelson displays bright aromas of pear-drop, stonefruit and a touch of fresh citrus. On the palate flavours of crisp red apple and juicy ripe pear are integrated with smooth acidity, fine phenolics and a just a hint of sweetness leading to a fresh and richly textured finish.

Available Formats: 750ml

Alcohol: 13.5
Pack Size: 7/750ml
Residual Sugar: 1.5
Acidity: 6.8
pH: 3.53
Vinification: Grapes sourced from a number of prime sites in the Nelson region are gently pressed once at the winery to obtain beautifully clear free-run juice, with the harder pressings keep separate and allowed to oxidise and soften the harsh phenolics before being re-combined with the free-run. The juice is then settled and racked into stainless steel tanks for warming and inoculation with carefully selected yeasts with the ability to produce high levels of aromatics in the wine. Fermentation is carried out at cool temperatures of around 10-13°C to help preserve the fruity characters and freshness. Post-ferment the wine is held in tank and matured for a short period of time before being stabilised and lightly fined and filtered, ready for bottling in early September.

History of Pinot Gris 2018

Nelson’s warm climate, high sunshine hours and varied soil profiles makes it ideal for growing aromatic varieties such as Pinot Gris. The 2017/2018 growing season in Nelson began with very warm and dry conditions, enabling excellent flowering and fruit-set in the vines. Much needed rain fell in mid to late January, however the much heavier rain that fell between February and March provided challenges for the vineyard teams – with record levels seen over the first three months of the year. Despite these challenges, clean fruit at ideal ripeness levels was achieved through meticulous vineyard management which through methods such as shoot thinning and leaf plucking allowed light and airflow into the canopy.

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