2011 Pinot Gris Wairarapa

TASTING NOTE JANUARY 2012
Bright aromas of citurs fruits, melons, with subtle floral overtones. Juicy citrus and yellow pear flavors on the palate by vibrant acidity and a mineral-laced finish.

WINEMAKER’S NOTE
The vintage 2011 was particulary hot in the summer and we had a dry climate in autumn. For this reason we had no pressure to start with the harvest. The fruits could ripen slowly and we started picking mid of april. The selection of this release is from our own vineyard and from a vineyard from Masterton. The berries tasted intense after pears, melons and a bit of lime-tree blossoms. The manufacturing in the winery took plae in a very gentle way. After the berries were pressed and settled we put the most part into used french and german oak barrels with 330 litres. The special character of this wine is that the main part was fermented on its own yeast. After the fermentation the wine matured for another 3 months in the barrels and and was stirred up once in a week.

Alcohol: 14 % vol.
Acidity: 4,9 g/l
Residual sugar: 1,8 g/l
sugar free extract: 29,7 g/l

SERVING SUGGESTIONS
Salad with duck breast, warm and hot vegetable dishes, beaf carpaccio, medium creamy cheese

TASTING NOTE from Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, October 2011
Beautifully ripe and rounded, this youthful Pinot Gris is already a charmer, displaying peach, pear and floral characters with subtle citrus notes on the nose. The palate is well fruited and textured with a hint of sweetness and well harmonised acidity. Refreshing, succulent and delicious. At its best: now to 2015. $22.00. Moderate availability.

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