Over the years this Dry River wine has acquired a reputation for its distinctive range of subtle flavours and its potential for cellaring. We attribute these characteristics largely to the particular clone of Pinot gris that we grow – originally imported into NZ by the Mission in 1886 – and which produces small crops of tiny bunches with very small berries. This wine has a typical straw colour with an upfront nose of apple blossom and peach followed by limes and beeswax. On tasting, first impressions are of an obvious minerality combined with a clarity of statement and juicy texture. The structure is precise but not overbearing with flavours of peach, pears and a fresh limey finish. Depending on the vintage the wine can be very long-lived and notable for subtle and interesting flavour development. Unfortunately there is only limited availability.
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