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Having sheep graze in the vineyard cuts down on energy intensive mowing, but has its pitfalls once the vines grow and the grapes emerge. Yealands Estate, a Marlborough winery that’s renowned for environmentally sustainable initiatives, has come up with an all-season solution. Our flock of Babydoll miniature sheep stand barely two feet tall. Too short to reach the fruit, these pint-sized organic-weeders provide year round mowing and pest control, plus a handy dose of fertiliser. Nurtured from the ground up with sustainable practices and produced in a carboNZero certified winery, the pure and intense flavours of Babydoll reflect the winery’s innovative thinking in tune with the environment.
The Pinot Gris is focused, with lifted aromatics and a beautiful concentrated mouthfeel. The palate shows a wonderful balance between fruit sweetness and acidity, with a refreshing finish.
Harvest Date: 19th- 30th March 2018Vineyard: MarlboroughTotal Acidity: 6.23Alcohol: 13%pH: 3.45Residual Sugar: 4.5 g/l
Vintage ReportThe growing season in Marlborough started out warm and dry, resulting in even flowering and ultimately balanced vines with the right amount of crop to get them through to harvest. The warm weather continued through Spring and Summer, with periodic rain which kept the vines hydrated throughout the growing season. These warmer conditions also meant harvest started around two weeks earlier than the previous year and resulted in Pinot Gris that is focused, with lifted aromatics and a beautiful concentrated mouthfeel.
WinemakingSelected parcels of Pinot Gris were individually harvested, de-stemmed and then gently pressed. The juice was cold settled for 48 hours then racked prior to a long cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks to capture and enhance the fruit flavours. Following fermentation the wine was blended, stabilised, and then filtered prior to bottling.
Download the Babydoll Pinot Gris 2018 Tasting Note (PDF)
TrophyBest Wine from New Zealand, Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition 2018
SilverNZ International Wine & Spirits Competition 2018Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018
BronzeNZ International Wine Show 2014
Yealands Estate Wines Licence Number: 052/OFF/LIQ3428
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