DISTANT LAND MARLBOROUGH PINOT GRIS 2012
Marlborough experienced a very cold spring at the
beginning of the season, with frosts that severely affected
bud burst, particularly amongst aromatic varieties. This
was followed by a wet start to the beginning of summer,
however late February the weather cleared and
Marlborough had an extended hot summer, with harvest
much later than usual. The small yields produced intensly
flavoured fruit, creating wines of exceptional appeal.
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|