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DISTANT LAND MARLBOROUGH PINOT GRIS 2011

      

SEASON
The Marlborough season started off well with early budburst and a long, clear, relatively frost free spring. Summer got off to a great start as well, with plentiful sunshine and a continued absence of frost, ensuring a good fruit set. The hot summer meant fruit thinning was essential to obtain manageable cropping levels. Late February rains ensured good vine development, with enough dry periods to stave off disease pressure.

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.

WINEMAKER'S NOTES
The resultant wine is a stunning example of New Zealand Pinot Gris. The nose displays nectarine and melon, with a palate of pear drop and fig leading to a luscious dry finish.

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


TECHNICAL DETAILS
Winemaker Pete Turner
Grape Variety 100% Pinot Gris
Region Wairau Valley, Marlborough
Harvest Date 11th April
Bottling Date August 2011
Alcohol 13.5%
Acidity 5.9 g/l
Residual sugar 9.5 g/l
Oak Nil