Awatere Valley Marlborough Pinot Gris 2016

Awatere Valley Marlborough Pinot Gris 2016

Awatere Valley Marlborough Pinot Gris 2016

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Tasting notes

A lustrous pale golden-bronze in the glass, this aromatic Awatere Valley Pinot Gris displays fragrant pear drop, exotic spices and tropical lychee on the nose. On the palate this complex fruit driven wine displays white peach, juicy pear and hints of ginger; finely balanced with smooth acidity and silky phenolics. The result is a dry, fresh and richly textured Pinot Gris.

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Grapes from a single site in across Marlborough’s Awatere Valley were picked by our modern machine harvester before being transported a short distance to our winery. Once at the winery the fruit was gently pressed with the free run juice initially kept separate from the harder pressings. Some exposure to the air allowed the pressings to oxidise and naturally soften any harsh phenolics and colour that was present. Once clear after cold settling, the free run juice and pressings were racked together into small stainless steel tanks for fermentation. The Juice was inoculated with carefully selected yeasts, chosen for their ability to develop aromatic compounds and body in the wine. Fermentation was carried out at cool temperatures, taking around three weeks until the residual sugar, fruit flavours and acidy was determined to be in perfect balance. Once this point was reached the ferment was stopped through chilling and then lees stirred twice weekly to help build complexity in the resulting wine. Left to age for 3 months in tank before being stabilised and filtered without fining, this fresh and lively wine was ready for bottling in late July.


The 2015/16 growing season for the Awatere Valley started with a warm October with very little frost pressure and even budburst. Cooler, drier conditions in November lead to a very dry December; resulting in some irrigation pressure throughout the vineyard. A steady flowering period throughout the block resulted in excellent fruit set and slightly higher yields than usual. A welcome post-flowering rain event in January brought much needed moisture to the vineyard and reduced the irrigation pressure. Warm temperatures in both February and March resulted in a great season for fruit development and ripening. Vigilant vineyard management throughout the growing season, including leaf plucking, shoot and bunch thinning ensured even ripening and excellent flavour development. April was characterised by warm nights and generally good weather – albeit punctuated with a little bit of rain; leading to a fantastic harvest period.


Vintage: 2016

Alcohol: 13.5%

pH: 3.53

T/A: 5.3g/L

R.S: 5.2g/L