Pinot Gris 2022
Born from a year of challenges, including Auckland's lockdowns, this exquisite Pinot Gris celebrates the unique terroir of Brick Bay and our commitment to sustainable winemaking.
This opulent, off-dry wine offers generous layers of perfumed fruits, intriguing spices, an elegant minerality and a lingering refreshing finish.
A shimmering pale straw colour, this lively wine reveals aromas of ripe pear, lime, lychee, appleskin and cinnamon. The opulent, viscous midpalate is beautifully balanced with concentrated lime, pear, mango, lychee and middle eastern spices. With a clearly defined framework of ripe fruits, a lithe, silken texture and a salinity that celebrates its coastal origins, our Pinot Gris 2022 culminates in a satisfying crisp and lingering finish.
In the Vineyard
Once again, the effect of Auckland lockdowns saw a smaller team at work in the vineyard, without our usual international backpacker support and winter pruning, all done by hand, was particularly challenging. A very early although uneven budburst gave us a long flowering period this vintage, something experienced in most grape growing regions in the country. Veraison (colour change and softening of the berries) also was early, with all the vines netted in early January.
Our vineyard team did their usual meticulous job of creating an open vine canopy by removing excess foliage by hand to allow air movement to dry the fruit and allow sunlight penetration. We are clearly reaping the benefits of the application over many years of organic soil health-enhancing products, producing healthier vines which can better withstand disease.
A mild but rainy winter gave way eventually to a dry hot summer, with just the odd unwelcome rain event. Nevertheless we were able to carefully monitor the developing fruit ripeness and hand harvest an exceptional quality crop. As with most regions in the country, our yield for this vintage was generally 20% less than the previous year, a reflection of a cooler, damp spring during the flowering period.
In the Winery
Two parcels of hand-picked fruit from our estate were processed separately. After destemming and crushing to press, the must was given very brief skin contact allowing release of aromatics and textural components before pressing. One parcel was cool fermented to dryness (including a small percentage in well seasoned oak barriques), while the second parcel was stop-fermented to retain some natural fruit sugars. After combining the two, the wine was then left to rest on light lees until bottling.
In stable cellaring conditions, the Pinot Gris 2022 will continue to evolve over the next 3-4 years. With time, the more immediate fruit freshness will be replaced by dried fruit and oily characters.
Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier
There’s no mistaking the variety, purity and enticement the bouquet of this wine offers. Seamless scents of white fleshed stone fruits wrapped in a fine lees, apple and white flowers, a whisper of ginger spice and a layer of clay minerality. Youthful and complex. Excellent on the palate with a silk-cream texture touching first then contrasting acidity carrying flavours white fleshed fruit that reflect the bouquet, a touch of citrus then a lees mealy quality. Well made and ready to drink from day of purchase through 2029.
95 Points 'Outstanding'
Bob Campbell, Master of Wine
Smooth wine with restrained yet luscious tree fruit flavours that include apricot, ripe pear and Royal Gala apple. Dry(ish) pinot gris that needs to be well chilled to be enjoyed in prime condition.
Harvest date: 23rd February 2022
Bottling date: 28th November 2022
Composition: 100% Pinot Gris
Quantity: 268 dozen