The colour is straw with an obvious green caste. On the nose it smells of ripe pears, fresh pineapple, hints of dried bananas along with the exotic floral notes of Ylang ylang spice and some freshly dried herbs. The palate follows this with flavours of ripe pear and peach and even gold kiwifruit with slightly herbal characters from the underlying fruit tannin structure and peach kernel on the finish. Overall the wine is testimony to the very low cropping and typical high extract of the year - the palate is lush, round and viscous, suggesting a level of sweetness which it does not possess. It is worth noting that our style of Pinot gris is more typical of Alsace than most other NZ Pinot gris which tends to be closer to that of Italy (Pinot grigio). The differences are largely clonal ours being a particularly small berry and low cropping version of that grape which was first imported into NZ in 1886. This is well worth cellaring!
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