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DISTANT LAND MARLBOROUGH PINOT GRIS 2008

       

SEASON
The La Nina weather pattern that dominated the summer of 2008 was a blessing to the nation's grape growers. The prolonged warm, dry summer meant that all the grapes on the vine were able to ripen fully without disease pressure, yielding good volumes of well-developed, intensely flavoured fruit. A near perfect flowering with warm, sunny weather through to autumn lead to harvest being 7 to 10 days earlier than normal.

VINEYARD
The Pinot Gris grapes come from a single vineyard in the Wairau Valley of Marlborough. The soil at the vineyard site is free-draining river-bed stony soils. The grapes were harvested at peak maturity in April. The fruit coming into the winery was clean and ripe, and most importantly, had excellent concentration of aromatics and flavours.

WINEMAKING
The juice was fermented using a number of selected yeast strains and at a range of temperatures, to enable us to capture a spectrum of flavour and aroma profiles. The ferments were stopped to retain natural sweetness, and then matured on its yeast lees. 10% was aged in old French barrels to add complexity and palate weight.

WINEMAKER'S NOTES
The resultant wine is a stunning example of New Zealand Pinot Gris. The nose displays nashi pear and rockmelon, with a palate of peach tea, pear and fig leading to a lucious dry finish.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS
Well rounded and elegant, a wine to complement a wide variety of dishes.


TECHNICAL DETAILS
Winemaker Andy Nicole
Grape Variety 100% Pinot Gris
Region Wairau Valley, Marlborough
Harvest Date 9 April 2007
Bottling Date August 2008
Alcohol 14.0%
Acidity 5.4 g/l
Residual sugar 7.5 g/l
Oak 16% old French oak barrels