Bouquet: Brimming with concentrated notes of lychee and pear, with underlying flavours of lime and mandarin, with a touch of spice and ginger.
Palate: The palate shows good fruit concentration, and a wonderful balance between texture, fruit weight and acidity, with a bright citrus finish.
Food Match: Beautifully matched with all Asian cuisine, seafood, chicken and pork dishes.
Dietary Information: This wine is suitable for vegetarians, vegans and gluten free diets.
Cellaring Recommendation: Drink now or cellar up to 5 years.
The 2016 growing season started out incredibly dry, with some predicting a severe drought. Fortunately some unseasonal rains in February set the vines up for a great final ripening period. March and April were very consistent, with warm and dry weather experienced throughout Marlborough allowing a harvest that wasn’t dictated by the weather. All varieties were able to be picked at optimal ripeness and in good time. Conditions over the flowering period were stable creating nice even crop levels in the vineyards which translated into wines with great concentration and texture.
The whole growing season was incredibly dry with the region only receiving around 40% of its annual rainfall, putting pressure on the water supply within the region. Fortunately, all our vineyards came through the season very well with no impact on quality due to the low soil moisture levels experienced. Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer were the first white varieties to ripen, showing the wonderful fruit concentration and depth that it can achieve on our site. We harvested our Riesling a week later. This year we have included a touch more Gewürztraminer in the blend to lift out the exotic spicy notes.
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. The cool site regularly commences harvest up to one week later than other sub regions of Marlborough. All three aromatic varieties sit on sheltered, north facing slopes. The soil is predominantly wind blown loess.
Winemaker: Jeff Fyfe
Harvest Date: 9th April 2016
Winemaking Analysis: Alc 13.0% pH 3.34 TA 6.3 RS 3.3g/l
Varieties: Pinot Gris 47% Riesling 30% Gewürztraminer 23%
Three aromatic parcels were selected and harvested individually over a period of two weeks. The fruit was crushed, de-stemmed then gently pressed prior to cold settling for 72 hours. The clear juice was then racked off and each parcel was fermented separately in stainless steel tanks. A long cool fermentation followed to enhance the pure fruit flavours. A further parcel of Pinot Gris, Riesling and Gewurtztraminer was harvested together and co fermented. All components were then kept on lees for a period of two months, with some stirring to help gain texture and structure. Upon achieving a finely balanced blend, the wine was stabilised and filtered prior to bottling.
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