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Waipara Hills Equinox Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2011

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Selectivley hand picked from our oldest Pinot Gris vines from The Home Block Vineyard this is a lovely dry, textural Pinot Gris reflective of the long growing season with added complexity through the use of the older barrels. Apple, pear and wild flower aromas combine with a hint of nuttiness and fresh ginger. Rich texture and fruit sweetness is balanced with acidity with lingering ginger and pear flavours. Serve slightly chilled with rich Asian dishes like Peking Duck.

Waipara Hills Equinox Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2011

TASTING NOTES

COLOUR

Pale straw.

NOSE

Apple pear, wild flowers, hints of ginger and a slight nuttiness.

PALATE

The rich texture and fruit sweetness coats the mouth, then the balanced acidity steps in to tie up the palate, with a lingering ginger and pear flavour that goes on and on...

SERVE

Slightly chilled.

PEAK DRINKING

2011 - 2012

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCH

Richer Asian dishes like Peking Duck.

WINE ANALYSIS

ALCOHOL VOLUME

14.5%

ACIDITY

6.45 g/L

RESIDUAL SUGAR

4.4 g/L

WINE BACKGROUND

VINTAGE REGION

100% from the Home Block Vineyard in the Waipara Valley, gravely with silt loams.

VINTAGE CONDITIONS

The bud break this year was late September early October followed by a settled and warm spring without any frost set backs. The plants enjoyed good growth. We went into and early flower set, the earliest on records and also one of the best. The summer and ripening season were dry and cool. Through the growing season we had 230mm of rain, the hottest month being December with an average temperature of 18 degrees.

GRAPE VARIETY

100% Pinot Gris

MATURATION

A select hand pick from our oldest Pinot Gris vines, whole bunch pressed and cool settled until extremely clear, then cool fermented in old barrels and left un-sulphured for several months to promote flavour development. Only old barrels were used as to impart only subtle oak characters.

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