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Nelson :: New Zealand
The owners of Waimea Estates, Trevor and Robyn Bolitho, have been growing grapes on Nelson’s Waimea Plains since 1993. The first vintage release was of a trophy-winning Sauvignon Blanc in 1997. There are now over 130 hectares of grapes planted in six vineyards. The soils are predominantly free-draining alluvial soils. The combination of these soils with plenty of sunshine hours and a long ripening season, thanks to moderating maritime influences and a protective phalanx of hills, provide the perfect “terroir” for growing quality Pinot Gris.
The fruit was harvested early in the morning and gently pressed while still cold, to preserve aromatics and minimize phenolic pick up. After cold settling for 3 days, the clear juice was fermented with Alsatian yeasts selected for their ability to enhance body, texture and varietal aromas in the finished wine. A moderately cool fermentation (13-15°) in stainless steel tanks has preserved freshness and fruit expression, contributing to the elegance of this wine.
Fermentations were stopped with some residual sugar remaining, to balance the mineral and fine phenolic structure of this Pinot Gris. Batonnage (or lees stirring) was carried out for 4 months to further enhance texture and depth on the palate. The individual portions were assessed and blended in September, after which the wine was stabilized, cross flow filtered, and bottled in early March 2012.
Pear, clove and honeysuckle aromas dominate.
The off-dry palate is at once textured, mineral, and softly honeyed. The finish is punctuated by a crushed biscuit flavour and lengthened by a gentle acidity.
The savoury characters make this both an excellent food wine, and a satisfying aperitif. Delicious with seafood risotto.