A beautiful season with a long “Indian” summer were we didn’t mind getting up early to pick the amazing fruit from this 20-year-old vines from extremely low yield. The beautiful healthy and perfect physiological grapes were carefully picked in small crates and minutes later with Hans in the winery.
Hans Comment: The incredible fruit was left on the skins for an extended time to extract the magnificent flavours and brilliant pink colour before it progressed to a natural wild yeast fermentation with no residual sugar left. 20% of this nectar went into French oak puncheons and its fine lees regular stirred assisting to its remarkable silkiness, complexity and depth. Keeping with our approach of hands-on in the vineyard but hands-off in the winery, the wine wasn’t exposed to cold stabilization, is unfined and only light filtrated to retain the striking aromas. Natural sediments may show but don’t impact on the high quality.
Tasting note: From one of the pioneer of NZ Pinot Gris, this full-bodied and complex stunner bursts with flavours of honey dew melon, quince and a hint of Christmas spices. Its elegant mineral backbone and ripe tannins show off with a long lasting finish!
Technical data: Variety 100% Pinot Gris Alcohol 13.7% Residual Sugar <1 g/L Ageing Potential Up to 5 years