This wine utilises fruit from unique Hawkes Bay vineyard sites. The Barber Vineyard in the Esk Valley is planted on river silts deposited by the Esk River while the Keltern and Noetzli vineyards at Maraekakaho are planted on the stony river terraces of the Ngaruroro River. Each vineyard is intensively managed to provide ripe fruit at low yields.
Each vineyard was picked in the morning while cool and pressed as quickly as possible to retain freshness. After settling, the juice was fermented in a mix of tanks and seasoned oak barriques and then left on yeast lees until blending and bottling.
This is a full bodied style of Pinot Gris with a hint of residual sugar to balance the natural acidity. Barrel fermentation in seasoned barriques has provided the wine with richness and the earlier picked sites have provided fresh, natural acidity. Aromatics and flavours of citrus, stone fruit, honey and pears are evident with a hint of spice providing complexity.
Try with soft cheeses, pork dishes, or seafood.
Enjoy as a young wine or cellar for two to four years for a richer and more complex style.
Region: Hawkes Bay
Variety: Pinot Gris
Alcohol: 13.0 %
Total acidity: 5.33gL
Maturation: 30% barrel fermented in aged barriques
Residual sugar: 3.7g/L
May contain traces of milk products. Contains sulphites. Suitable for gluten free diets.