2022 SV Pinot Gris
114 in stock
We are passionate about aromatic varieties and particularly those from Alsace so it was only a matter of time until we took on the challenge of Pinot Gris. When we first bought the property here, we replanted a section of the old block with the Berry-Smith clone (also known as Larkham clone) of Pinot Gris. We selected this particular clone especially for its low cropping, small bunches and small berries as we felt it would deliver the best quality fruit. Pinot Gris is the “sister” of Pinot Noir and shares many of its familial “issues”. It is quite crop sensitive and we feel that to get the best out of it you really have to go the extra mile in the vineyard. So like Pinot Noir it is all shoot-thinned, and bunch thinned and we often remove the bunch shoulders as well. This means that we can get it into the winery with lovely fruit purity as well as concentration.
This wine is finely structured with great purity & length of flavour and a lovely fleshiness. Lifted aromas of nashi pear, honeysuckle, red apple and white florals follow on to flavours of the same along with savoury undertones which are balanced by fine, supple texture and lingering minerality. This release is a dry style which has concentration, balance and great texture with layers of flavour.
TROPHY 2023 Global Fine Wine Challenge
Jane Skilton MW – 95/100 Crisp and vibrant. Ripe pear and apple. Hint of sweetness. Crunchy, bouncy fruit.
Huon Hooke – 95/100 Spicy, pot pourri aromas, ripe and cool grown. Richer palate, great fruit intensity, near-dry, lovely wine, very attractive, fully ripe fruit.
Anthony Mueller – 92/100 Lovely weight, fresh florals with a lifted frame, succulent acidity, spicy core, lovely texture, fresh complex finish that’s lingering. Yum!
Toni Paterson MW – 96/100 Fresh pear and custard apple aromas. The palate is beautifully lemony, bright and quite long.
95 Points 5 Stars Sam Kim Wine Orbit
It’s finely scented and enticing on the nose, showing nectarine, Asian pear, fig and white floral aromas. The palate is equally attractive with pristine fruit flavours together with creamy mouthfeel, finishing splendidly long and refreshing. Gorgeously composed and styled with elegance as well as weight and body. Certified organic. At its best: now to 2032
94 Points – #2 of 30 in Marlborough Bob Campbell MW
Pristine, flavoursome wine with moderately intense ripe pear, quince, honeysuckle and lime zest characters supported by refreshing acidity. Standout wine from an excellent vintage. Drink 2022 – 2026