MIDDLE-EARTH Pinot Gris 2016

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  • Immediately appealing on the nose displaying fresh pear, nectarine and floral characters, followed by a juicy palate that is beautifully rounded and smooth with a hint of sweetness which is nicely balanced by crisp acidity. A very likable Pinot Gris offering lovely pristine fruit flavours.

    The gentle acidity and marked fruitiness of this well balanced Pinot Gris perfectly complements roast pork with a stewed pear sauce, or match with creamy pastas, poultry and seafood.


  • VARIETAL Pinot Gris 2016
    VINEYARD Estate produced, Brightwater, Nelson
    HARVEST April 2016
    YIELD 9 tons per hectare
    BARREL AGING Nil, stainless steel
    ALCOHOL 12.8%
    RESIDUAL SUGAR 7.5g/L
    PH 3.48
    T/A 6.0g/L

    The grapes were destemmed at the winery without any further crushing, then gently pressed to minimise unattractive phenolics. After pressing the juice was cold-settled to achieve low solids prior to ferment. The clarified juice was inoculated with Alsatian yeast strains to provide good aromatic definition. Long cool fermentations in stainless steel ensured fruit-driven flavours were preserved and varietal characteristics enhanced. Some ferments were stopped prior to dryness, to allow for a splash of natural residual sugar in the final blend.

    After ferment much of the juice underwent lees-stirring to create an all-important textural component, filling out the mid-palate. The wine was minimally fined, stabilised and cross-flow filtered before bottling


  •  - 90 Points
    This is immediately appealing on the nose displaying fresh pear, nectarine and floral characters, followed by a juicy palate that is beautifully rounded and smooth with a hint of sweetness which is nicely balanced by crisp acidity. A very likable pinot gris offering lovely pristine fruit flavours.

    Sam Kim - Wine Orbit