MARLBOROUGH PINOT GRIS 2017

The AIM OF this wine is to provide a DRY PINOT GRIS that has texture and depth, rather than FOCUSING solely on primary fruit notes. We want a wine that satisfies across the palate and employ a number of techniques to achieve this.

Our Marlborough Pinot Gris comes from one vineyard located just outside the township of Ward in the Awatere Valley and is owned and managed by Pam and Polly Francis. The fruit machine-picked to bin so maceration was minimised. A portion of this juice was barrel-fermented in older French oak to give greater weight, though ensuring that wood is not evident on the nose. The balance of the wine was fermented cool to retain the fruit characters from our vineyards.

The final blend this year was made solely from free-run juice, as we feel it gives a more elegant and subtle wine, especially with Pinot Gris, that has quite ‘grey’ coloured skins.

WARD FARM PINOT GRIS 2015

The focus with this wine is to provide a drink that has texture and depth, rather than focussing solely on primary fruit notes. We want a wine that satisfies across the palate, and employ a number of techniques to achieve this.

Our Pinot Gris all comes from a single vineyard in Ward that is owned and managed by Pam and Polly Francis, and is only a year away from being fully certified under Bio-Gro as an organic vineyard.

The fruit from four different clones, is all handpicked and then run over the sorting table in the winery so that the winery team get to sort through the grapes. It is then whole-cluster pressed and run to barrels, mainly older, where it ferments with the natural yeast from the vineyard.

It sits in barrel for fifteen months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Each year the fruit is slightly different and so the blending is constantly interesting. As the Ward vines age there seems to be greater depth, so that will be interesting to watch moving forward.

The fruit and techniques have created a rich, textural, but dry style of Pinot Gris that should be shared at the table with friends.

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