The grapes come from our Loveblock farm in the Lower Awatere sub region of Marlborough. Half the grapes for this wine come from the valley floor and due to the alluvial nature this gives the wine weight and power. The hillside provides the rest of the fruit and the clay base up there gives the wine its aromatics and linearity.
The grapes were harvested in March yielding seven tonnes per hectare.
In making dry Pinot Gris, we have to manage the vine to give physiological ripeness at low brix so the wine is not overly alcoholic. Organics does this for us with the competition from the wild flowers and grasses forcing the vine to struggle. Once the grapes were deemed ripe the fruit was machine harvested and membrane pressed immediately. No preservatives were added in the field. The juice was then gel floated and inoculated, cool fermentation with an aromatic yeast to optimise the aromatics followed and the wine was allowed to go to dryness. Once finished the wines were evaluated, blended, stabilised and bottled in October 2014.
Colour: Pale with golden touches.
Aroma: Delicate aromas of rockmelon, green tea and lime that yield to additional layers of pear and prosciutto wrapped melon.
Palate: Beautiful fruit notes underscored with lingering texture, mouthfeel and complexity.
Organic Status: Certified Organic
Cellar: 2-3 years
TA 5.5 g/l
Residual sugar 2.6 g/l
Gold Medal: 2015 NZ Organic Wine Awards
Bronze Medal: 2015 Marlborough Wine Show
A wine to enjoy with dleicate Asian flavours, seafood of all sorts or simply with a friend.
Winemaker: Kim Crawford
Tasted: November 2014