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Botrytis Pinot Gris
South Island :: New Zealand
The fruit for this wine was grown near Renwick at the vineyard surrounding
Greywacke HQ on young alluvial soils containing high proportions of New Zealand’s ubiquitous greywacke river stones. This 18-year-old vineyard is planted with the Berry-Smith clone and trained on a two-cane VSP (vertical shoot positioning) trellis. The vineyard was hand-harvested on 8 June at 33 Brix after considerable botrytis infection.
The shrivelled grapes were whole bunch pressed using very long, low
maceration press cycles. The juices were cold-settled and then racked to old barrels for fermentation. Forty percent of the barrels were inoculated with cultured yeast and the others were allowed to undergo spontaneous indigenous yeast fermentation. The fermentation was eventually stopped in September retaining 105 g/l residual sugar. The wine remained in barrel on yeast lees for a further nine months prior to bottling in July 2016.
Rich, golden yellow.
A patisserie-like mélange conjuring notions of dark orange marmalade,tarte
tatin and honey crème brûlée infused with hints of lapsang souchong.
A decadent and voluptuous interpretation of pinot gris that is richly flavoured with poached quince and dried fruits – a luscious sweet wine with elegant structure and a clean lingering finish.