2017 Huia Pinot Gris
The Pinot Gris is grown in both the clay soils of the estate Winsome vineyard and the stony soils of the estate Huia vineyard. During the winter, vines are spur-pruned to reduce crop potential; through the growing season, bunches are thinned for the evening ripening.
After hand harvesting, pressing and settling, the juice goes to tank for fermentation. Two thirds of the juice awaits natural fermentation before being moved to neutral French oak barrels for the fermentation and maturation with lees stirring. The remainder is inoculated with wine yeast and fermented through to wine in tank.
Rumours of Alsace on the nose, with musk and orange blossom, ripe apricot and pear. Soft but shapely on the more than medium-bodied palate. Good bit of grip and length through the ripe apricot finish with some convincing spice. - Ed Merrison, CellarHand
The Wine Front
Into a bit of apricot and pear here, orange blossom, slight chalkiness to texture, balance between sweetness, acidity and fruit is excellent. Top of class here, or so it feels.
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