The grapes come from our Loveblock Farm in the Lower Awatere sub-region of Marlborough. Half the grapes for this wine are from the valley floor – the alluvial nature of the soil here gives the wine weight and power. The hillside provides the rest of the fruit, with the clay base giving 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 that 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. This was followed by cool fermentation with an aromatic yeast to optimise the aromatics and the wine was allowed to go to dryness. Once finished, the wine was 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.
Food match: A wine to enjoy with delicate Asian flavours, seafood of all sorts or just simply with a friend.
Organic status: Certified organic – BioGro #5266.
Cellar: Over four years.
The Shout, Tasting Notes with Cameron Douglas MS, Feb 2018: 89 Points
2016 IWSC International Wine and Spirits Competition: Bronze
2016 New World Wine Awards: Bronze
Winestate Wine of the Year Special Edition 2016: 4 Stars
Winestate Best of Varietal/Style AU & NZ 2016: 4 Stars
Winestate Annual Pinot Gris Wine Show 2016: 4 Stars, Top in Category
2015 New Zealand Organic Wine Awards: Gold
2015 Marlborough Wine Show: Bronze
Winestate May/June 2015: 3 Stars
TA 5.5 g/l
Residual sugar 2.6 g/l
|Winemaker: Kim Crawford
Tasted: November 2014