A stylish cool climate Pinot Gris with lovely fruit, acidity and structure. This luscious wine has a gentle floral appeal on the nose, flowing into flavours of pear and quince with a touch of oiliness and a rich texture, finishing with a crisp clean dry finish.
This wine is picked from vineyards in the Hawke’s Bay high country of New Zealand. The soils are ancient river beds with a mix of free draining stony soils and clay loams.
“This is seriously good. Fresh and fragrant, the attractive bouquet shows ripe pear, nectarine, rockmelon and floral aromas, leading to a succulent palate that is beautifully weighted and silky. The wine delivers excellent fruit purity, brilliantly enhanced by refreshing acidity and rounded mouthfeel.” - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit 93/100
New Zealand's first vines were planted back in the early 1800's, but the country has only recently realized that their cool, maritime climate was suitable to growing premium grape varietals capable of making world class wines. Compared to other notable wine nations, New Zealand produces a relatively small amount of wine (one tenth of Australia's output), but what it lacks in quantity it more than makes up for in quality. New Zealand is composed of two islands, North and South, each of which have their own unique climate and topography. The region and grape varietal most commonly associated with New Zealand's wine success is Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Other regions of note include: Gisborne, known for Chardonnay; Hawkes Bay, a brilliant producer of red Bordeaux varietals as well as Syrah; and Central Otago, New Zealand's Pinot Noir capital.
One of New Zealand's oldest and best wine regions, Hawkes Bay is located on the east coast of the country's north island. Most vintners are relatively small and produce hand-crafted, artisanal wines. It is one of New Zealand's warmer regions and usually boasts the country's highest level of sunshine providing wonderful conditions for ripening grapes. Given the region's propensity for heat and sunshine, wines are generally medium-full bodied with intense flavours. However, they are also incredibly well balanced and elegant. Grape varieties of note include Merlot, Chardonnay, and Syrah.
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