MIDDLE-EARTH Pinot Gris 2017

  • 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.

  •  - 90 Points

    Beautifully ripe and fragrant, the inviting bouquet shows yellow peach, orange peel, pear and floral characters with subtle spicy complexity.  The palate is succulent and rounded, and delivers lovely fruit intensity together with silky texture and refreshing acidity.  Lovely balance and harmony, and offers plenty of tasty flavours.  Sam Kim - Wine Orbit.