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DISTANT LAND MARLBOROUGH PINOT GRIS 2012

        

SEASON
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.

VINEYARD
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.

WINEMAKING
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.

WINEMAKER'S NOTES
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.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS
Well rounded and elegant, a wine to complement a wide variety of dishes.


TECHNICAL DETAILS
Winemaker Pete Turner
Grape Variety 100% Pinot Gris
Region Wairau Valley, Marlborough
Harvest Date 26th April
Bottling Date August 2012
Alcohol 13.5%
Acidity 5.9 g/l
Residual sugar 8.0 g/l
Oak Nil