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Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2011

SORRY THIS WINE IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

2011 was an exceptional season for Waipara Valley Pinot Gris with an early flower set and cool, dry ripening season. Ripe pear, quince paste, fresh hay and ginger aromatics lead to a dry and structured palate showing great weight and texture. Serve lightly chilled.

Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2011

TASTING NOTES

COLOUR

Pale straw.

NOSE

Ripe pear, quince paste, fresh hay and ginger.

PALATE

Dry and structured yet rich and generous. Great weight and mouth feel yet tight and fresh.

SERVE

Lightly chilled.

PEAK DRINKING

2012 - 2015. This wine will develop with patience and time.

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCH

Roast Summer Vegetable Salad

WINE ANALYSIS

ALCOHOL VOLUME

14.5%

ACIDITY

5 g/L

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.1 g/L

WINE BACKGROUND

VINTAGE REGION

100% from the Waipara Valley. 87% The Home Block Vineyard, 5% The Deans Vineyard, 8% Other.

VINTAGE CONDITIONS

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

GRAPE VARIETY

100% Pinot Gris.

MATURATION

Juice was cold settled and racked before fermentation with a selection of yeast strains at cool temperatures (12-15oC) for approx 3 weeks. The wine was then chilled and left un sulphured on lees prior to blending.

ACCOLADES

Bronze - International Aromatic Wine Competition 2011 (NZ)
Bronze - Royal Easter Show Wine Awards (NZ) 2012
"Getting the texture right is a big part of making successful Pinot Gris, and winemaker Simon McGeorge has done well with this example of his skills. It has all the right pear and ripe melon aromas, but it is the faintly oily, richly fruited flavour profile that makes you want to pour another glass." Wine NZ Magazine, May 2012. Vic Williams
94 Points “Beautiful textbook nose (slight pear) some weight in the mouth and just a little rawness that will settle as 2012 rolls on. Flavours gently swell and change as it travels an elegant wine all round 94 points and great value at $21” Tony Key, Email Newsletter, Issue 40, May 2012.

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