DISTANT LAND MARLBOROUGH PINOT GRIS 2008
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.
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.
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.
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
Well rounded and elegant, a wine to complement a wide
variety of dishes.
||100% Pinot Gris|
||Wairau Valley, Marlborough|
||9 April 2007|
||16% old French oak barrels|