Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Gris
Growing Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Chief Winemaker: Matt Thomson

It has been another enjoyable southern hemisphere summer - sharing the much talked about and even more enjoyable 2013 white wines from around the country. Even though we have turned our clocks back preparing for the darker months. Summer lingers on as we harvest the current vintage and with this good weather - what better wine to appreciate the ripe fruits of the season than with this Pinot Gris.

 

This vibrant Pinot Gris is sourced from vineyards in the best areas of the greater Wairau Valley wine growing region. A dominant proportion comes from their own Eyrie Vineyard in the Lower Waihopai, plus parcels of fruit from the Omaka Valley and Rapaura District. This combination of unique vineyard sites adds layers and complexity to the finished wine. So carrying on from this most successful of vintages - this wine is complemented with additional fruit parcels, hence the name ‘Block 2’.
The chosen fruit was crushed and pressed immediately after harvesting and fermented at a carefully controlled cool temperature to retain the wine’s lifted aromas and palate. A period of time on its own gross lees plus a very small proportion fermented in barrel has added a subtle biscuit character to the wine.
In the glass you are greeted by a bright, yet still soft straw colour. Early in its development that wine has a lifted Nashi-pear aroma with a touch of spice. The palate is round and soft, enhanced by having a small portion of the blend aged for three months in oak barrels. This has added a touch of spice and biscuit characters to this full, rich, vibrant wine, made in an off-dry style - with balanced fruit, subtle residual sugar and natural acidity giving the wine a refreshing finish. Chill and serve at 8-10ºC.

A quality, layered Pinot Gris with character.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this season; and will age well for another 2 years.

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with shellfish, seafood, Asian spring rolls, seasoned noodles and mixed seasonal salads, enjoy.