Esk Valley, Hawkes Bay
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 trained on a VSP trellising system and intensively managed to provide ripe fruit at low yields.
All fruit is hand picked and gently whole cluster pressed in a pneumatic press. An early pick from the Barber Vineyard provides natural acidity and freshness to the finished wine while later picks from the Keltern and Noetzli vineyards provide richness and aromatics. The individual vineyard parcels are fermented separately in a mix of tanks and seasoned oak barriques. The parcels are then left on lees before 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 provides the wine with richness and the early picked sites provide fresh, natural acidity. Aromatics and flavours of 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.