Grape Varietal: 100% Pinot Gris
Growing Region: Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
Owner / Chief Winemaker: Peter Robertson

Peter Robertson has been crafting classic Pinot Gris wine in Hawke's Bay since the late 1980’s. Peter is often referred to as 'a quiet achiever', diligently going about his winemaking business, shunning the spotlight, letting his dynamic wines speak for themselves. And over 25 years ago now, Peter saw the potential in Pinot Gris, and his wines have certainly been telling an appealing and engaging story which I encourage you to share.

 

The fruit this this wine comes from their Ohiti Estate vineyard, which is situated in an inland heat trap on the bed of the old Ngaruroro River. Peter trains his vines on a classical VSP trellis system, on what are arid alluvial soils. This Pinot Gris varietal ripens well, producing vibrant fruit with full flavours, good mouth feel and with subtle acidity. The 2014 growing season was hot and dry like in 2013; hence the concentrated flavour found on the palate.
When the fruit is deemed ready to Peter’s exacting standards, on arrival at the winery, the fruit was pressed straight away. Peter kept the free run juice separate from the pressings, and then after cold settling overnight, the clear juice was inoculated with an aromatic yeast strain, and fermented at cool temperatures. Following completion of fermentation, the wine remained on its gross lees, being stirred weekly for enhanced flavours and palate texture.
As you pour this wine you are greeted by an enticing straw colour filling the glass. This 2014 ‘Robertson’ Pinot Gris has been crafted very much in the mold of the famed 2013 vintage which was rated top equal NZ Aromatic in the 2014 March issue of Decanter Magazine. On the nose you have inviting pears and subtle ginger. The wines palate is rich with ripe Nashi pear, green melon and fresh spice, with a hint of Manuka honey in the background giving this wine an engaging lingering finish.
This 2014 'Robertson' Pinot Gris has 13.5% Alc. Chill gently and serve at 8-10°C.

A classic Pinot Gris, that over delivers in every sip.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking very well this summer season; plus will develop well for another 3-4 years. 

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with Thai prawns, delicately season seafood dishes, along with Asian and vegetarian cuisine and with slightly aged cheeses and fresh fruit platters - enjoy.