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Fruity/aromatic - PINOT GRIS, Sand Dollar, Greystoke. North Canterbury, New Zealand

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2018 Now finished: PINOT GRIS, Sand Dollar, Greystone. North Canterbury, NZ

Organic

Bin: 145
Alcohol Percentage: 13%
Area: North Canterbury a wine region is on the east coast of the south Island. Greystone are in the Omihi hills, about 50 miles north of the city.
Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Gris, the majority fermented in steel tanks, a small proportion in old French oak - and left to mature on the lees for 5 months.
Producer: A farm bought in 2000 by the Thomas Family, helped by Viticulturist Nick Gill and winemaker Dom Maxwell. The first vintage was 2008. They were certified as fully organic in 2014.
Old Bridge Rating: Most NZ Pinot Gris is just a touch too sweet for my liking, but this is a rich-but-dry example; very much in the style of top quality examples from Alsace.
Press Reviews: "The aroma reminds me of freshly-baked apple pie with a seasoning of cloves. Weighty pinot gris with an initial hint of sweetness that is perfectly balanced by fruity acidity and fine, peppery tannins. A classy wine that is good now but no rush." Bob Campbell MW.
"Single-block. Used to make two styles, but now just making one. A generous vintage. 8.5 tons/ha which is quite large. Winemaking is partial barrel (10%), then tank, fermented to dryness. Chilled, left on lees without sulfur. Blend in the oak portion. Lovely pear and peach fruit with some table grape notes. Nicely textured with some flavour. Has generosity." Jamie Goode on www.wineanorak.com

£19.00 per bottle
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