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DISTANT LAND MARLBOROUGH PINOT GRIS 2014

        

SEASON
2014 was the warmest start to vintage in the past decade, and as such budburst was 12 days earlier than 2013. The good weather continued right through spring, with a dry hot summer that allowed exceptional flavor development in the fruit. The hot summer meant superb ripening for this low cropping variety. Early development saw harvest being earlier and avoiding the late summer rain.

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 Lee Winston
Grape Variety 100% Pinot Gris
Region Wairau Valley, Marlborough
Harvest Date 2nd and 8th April
Bottling Date August 2014
Alcohol 13.0%
Acidity 6.9 g/l
Residual sugar 4.7 g/l
Oak Nil