The Nevis Bluff Pinot Gris has proven to be an outstanding example from the inaugural 1998 vintage which won a Gold Medal and the supreme trophy at the 1999 Royal Easter Show.
Created in a dry and textured style, our Pinot Gris has a rich mouth feel and shows great persistence and depth.
The grapes were whole bunch pressed and separated into five different ferments with an indigenous yeast strain. 20% of the wine was barrel fermented and 80% of the wine rested on gross lees for six months with regular stirring to build texture. Each of the ferments were blended together followed by a light fining to soften phenolics, and a sterile filtration.
Plant density is 3,800 vines/ha, with cropping at 1.7kg per vine. Manipulated canopy ensures phenolic ripeness. The grapes were handpicked from a selection of different clones to create complexity.
White peach, guava, nectarine stone and white flower aromatics followed by a spicy and stone fruit driven palate showing great tension.
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"Bright straw-yellow colour with some depth and pale golden hues, lighter on the rim. This has an elegant nose with clear and clean aromas of white and yellow stonefruits, along with suggestions of nutty notes, some honeysuckle, infused with mineral detail. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the flavours of white and yellow stonefruits are fresh and lively, lifted by white florals and enriched by honeysuckle nuances. Some nutty and mineral elements add to the interest. The fruit is moderately sweet and rich, and is balanced by enlivening acidity. The wine flows along a soft, fine-textured line with some phenolic grip which carries to a dry finish with florals and honeysuckle. This is a fresh, crisp, dry Pinot Gris with moderately rich stonefruit flavours and some floral and honeysuckle detail. 17.5/20."