Bouquet: Brimming with concentrated notes of poached pears and melon, with underlying flavours of quince and a touch of ginger.
Palate: Full-bodied and luscious, showing wonderful balance between texture, fruit weight and mineral acidity, with a long dry finish.
Food Match: Enjoy with poultry and mushroom dishes such as creamy pasta with porcini, or heavier seafood dishes.
Dietary Information: This wine is suitable for vegetarians, vegans and gluten free diets.
Cellaring Recommendation: Drink now or cellar for up to 4 years.
Marlborough experienced a mild-to-cool spring period, which ensured that the vines naturally produced lighter than average yields. These mild temperatures then extended into the summer months, coupled with an unseasonal period of rain, which ultimately alleviated the drought conditions we had experienced over the past two years. The Pinot Gris from this vintage has crisp mineral acidity balanced with plush pear and quince aromas.
Our Seaview Vineyard in the Awatere Valley is exposed to some of the toughest growing conditions in Marlborough; high sunshine and wind, cool nights and low rainfall which produces a smaller, thicker skinned berry with intense fruit flavours. This Pinot Gris is made blocks E6 and E7, which are located on a sheltered north facing slope, within the Seaview Vineyard. This pocket gives us luscious ripe pear and quince aromas that makes this wine so alluring.
Winemaker: Natalie Christensen
Harvest Date: 2nd April and 11th April 2017
Winemaking Analysis: Alc 13% pH 3.23 TA 5.9 RS 4.1g/l
The two blocks were harvested a week apart in early April. The fruit was de-stemmed then pressed gently prior to cold settling for 72 hours. A portion (30%) was racked directly to older French barriques to undergo fermentation. The balance was racked to a small stainless steel tank and fermented separately using a selected yeast. A long cool fermentation followed. The parcels were then kept on lees for a period of two months, with the barrels being stirred twice weekly to build texture and structure. The wine was then blended, stabilised and filtered prior to bottling.
Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Gris (PDF 650k)