Sourced from an early planting of an Alsacean clone of Pinot Gris in the middle of the Wairau Valley, this wine delivers an incredible textural experience.
The 2019 season started well with no significant frost issues and reasonable spring rains to develop healthy canopies. January and February were then extremely dry with virtually no rainfall for two months and warmer than average temperatures. The harvest period was very kind and we were able to be very detailed with our picking decisions. Vintage 2019 will be remembered for low to moderate crops, pristine fruit and a busy but very satisfying harvest period.
The fruit was hand-harvested and chilled overnight before being gently pressed and fermented with an aromatic yeast strain in stainless steel tanks - the sole aim being to reflect and preserve the flavours and aromas grown in the vineyard. A small portion was fermented in old oak barrels to provide a textural element. After fermentation, the wine was kept in contact with the lees for five months. This classic technique enhances creaminess and integrates the flavours.