Grapes: Pinot Gris
First Glance: Generous, Ripe, Textural
100% Pinot Gris sourced from two vineyards in the Omaka and Waihopai Valleys which is part of the cooler and drier Southern Valleys. Two thirds of the fruit comes from our Sound of White Vineyard in the Waihopai Valley, where low yields create fruit weight and concentration; creating the backbone of our Pinot Gris. The remaining 30% comes from grower vineyard, Fairhall Downs vineyard in Omaka, creating vibrancy and freshness.
Fruit from Sound of White was harvested in the early morning and pressed immediately at the winery. The initial free run juice was taken to a stainless tank without additions before running to older oak for a wild fermentation; this makes up 5% of the final blend. The balance was clarified and racked to tank for a cool fermentation with a select yeast for varietal expression. Fairhall Downs fruit was harvested in early April and cold-settled before racking and fermenting in stainless steel. All wines were left on their yeast lees in stainless steel and oak for added richness and complexity before blending in August and bottling in September
With lifted floral notes of elderflower, pear, cinnamon and custard. The palate is generous, where ripe fruit and texture create richness, yet balance with very fine minerality and a touch of residual sugar to bring the wine to a memorable finish.