Grape Varietal: 100% Pinot Gris
Growing Region: Home Block Vineyard, Waipara Valley, NZ
Chief Winemaker: Simon McGeorge

The Waipara Valley wine region is justifiably being recognised and acclaimed as one of the world’s best wine areas to produce quality Riesling and Pinot Gris. This unique region in New Zealand has an abundance of sunshine throughout the growing season. Combined with a long, dry, cool autumn which helps to produce concentrated, well balanced fruit, including this vibrant 2013 'Equinox' Pinot Gris.

 

For those of you new to the wines from Waipara Hills - the wines name ‘Equinox’ comes from the Spring Equinox which marks the first bud burst and the Autumn Equinox which signals the time for harvest. This limited edition range of wines are crafted to express the unique terroir of the region and the unique Equinox winds which blow hot and dry across the plains where the vines are planted.
The fruit was hand-picked from their Home Block Vineyard and then whole bunch pressed. The juice was then cold settled for two days before being racked to old oak barrels and puncheons for fermentation. Fermentation was complete after about 4 weeks, Simon and the team then topped up the oak barrels and left them over the winter months to mature. The following spring the barrels were lee stirred weekly to promote palate texture, then after tasting and the selection specific barrels the wine was blended and bottled.
In your glass, you will have a pale golden colour. On the nose this vintage is showing ripe quince, Nashi pear, floral notes and a hint of ginger spice. Due to the ripe, sweet fruit and its time in older oak barrels - this wine has a full and engaging palate, vibrant from the first sip, supported by nicely natural acidity resulting in a well-balanced wine. Ripe Nashi pear, melon, nut characters and dried herb flavours are abound on the palate, whilst remaining fresh, giving this wine a bright finish. This vintage has 13.5% Alc. Chill gently and serve at 8-10°C. 

A ripe, vibrant and engaging 'Waipara Valley' Pinot Gris.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well now; and will age nicely for another 2-3 years. 

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with well seasoned shell-fish, Asian and Malaysian cuisine, along with varied vegetarian dishes, plus with soft, young cheeses.