17.5/20 – Raymond Chan
4 stars – Michael Cooper
“The fruit is subtly rich, with fresh, lacy acidity providing balance. The wine flows along a smooth, fine line with good energy, leading to a delicately nuanced, moderately sustained finish….a fresh, moderately rich off-dry Pinot Gris with clean stonefruit flavours with notes of florals, tropical fruits and honeysuckle.” – Raymond Chan
“Certified organic, the 2017 vintage was hill-grown in the Tuki Tuki Valley, hand-picked, matured on its yeast lees for three months, and bottled unfined. Attractively scented, it is a vibrantly fruity, medium-bodied wine, with a gentle splash of sweetness (8 grams/litre residual sugar) and fresh peach, pear and lychee flavours, which show excellent delicacy and richness. A tightly structured, ageworthy wine, it’s already drinking well.” – Michael Cooper
Tasting Note: Floral, pear and cinnamon aromas are obvious on the nose. The wine has a full and rich texture in the mouth with good weight and length. On the palate, the wine has flavours of stone fruit and ginger and a subtle sweetness reminiscent of ripe feijoas followed by a slightly minerally finish.
Winemaking: Pacific Potion is organically farmed and vinified with minimal intervention. The philosophy relies on great terroir, a focus on purity, and old world farming and vinification. Grapes were hand-picked from the dry-farmed steepest slopes of the vineyard. Light soils and good drainage produce very high quality fruit Gentle pressing. Settled overnight at 15°C before racking off heavy lees. Fermented with a variety of yeasts to build complexity and texture. Stirred on its lees for three months following ferment before being prepared for bottling with a minimal sulphur addition. Unfined.