DISTANT LAND MARLBOROUGH PINOT GRIS 2011
The Marlborough season started off well with early
budburst and a long, clear, relatively frost free spring.
Summer got off to a great start as well, with plentiful
sunshine and a continued absence of frost, ensuring a
good fruit set. The hot summer meant fruit thinning was
essential to obtain manageable cropping levels. Late
February rains ensured good vine development, with
enough dry periods to stave off disease pressure.
The Pinot Gris grapes come from a single vineyard in the
Wairau Valley of Marlborough. The soil at the vineyard site
is free-draining river-bed stony soils. The grapes were
harvested at peak maturity in April. The fruit coming into
the winery was clean and ripe, and most importantly, had
excellent concentration of aromatics and flavours.
The juice was fermented using a number of selected yeast
strains and at a range of temperatures, to enable us to
capture a spectrum of flavour and aroma profiles. The
ferments were stopped to retain natural sweetness, and
then matured on its yeast lees.
The resultant wine is a stunning example of New Zealand
Pinot Gris. The nose displays nectarine and melon, with a
palate of pear drop and fig leading to a luscious dry finish.
Well rounded and elegant, a wine to complement a wide
variety of dishes.
||100% Pinot Gris|
||Wairau Valley, Marlborough|