MIDDLE-EARTH Pinot Gris 2017

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  • This wine has an expressive and typically varietal aroma of freshly cut pear, hazelnut and just ground spice. The palate follows on with a fresh pear character but is at once mouth-filling, and quietly structured with phenolics. Finishing just off dry and moorish.

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

  • VARIETAL Pinot Gris 2017
    VINEYARD Byrnes block, Brightwater, Nelson
    HARVEST April 2017
    BARREL AGING Nil, stainless steel
    ALCOHOL 13%
    PH 3.40
    T/A 5.5g/L

    Pinot Gris Clones 2/21 and 2/15 with Clone 2/21 the first to be picked - on the 2nd April, followed one week later by the 2/15. Both clonal parcels were processed in the same manner- machined harvested in the cool of morning, carted around the block to the winery then destemmed and gentled pressed. Once separated the juice was cold-settled and racked to achieve low solids prior to ferment. Hard pressings are settled separately but racked and returned to the mother juice once clarified. Each parcel was fermented separately – the yeast strains were chosen on ability to impart mouthfeel and emphasise varietal characteristics. Slow cool fermentations in stainless steel further assured fruit-driven flavours were preserved and enhanced.