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Pinot Gris 2020

The tasting notes

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Bannockburn in Central Otago is renowned for its ability to produce small quantities of premium wines.  Domain Road's Defiance Vineyard, on Felton Road, is tucked into a sheltered valley where miners once hunted for gold.   

The Wine

The fruit was hand harvested on 2nd & 6th April 2020 and whole bunch pressed before cold settling for 2 days. The resulting juice was then racked off and inoculated with selected wine yeasts to undergo fermentation in a stainless steel tank (75%) and older oak barrels (25%).  The tank fermentation was stopped to retain some residual sweetness. The two portions were combined prior to bottling. 

The colour of pale straw in the glass our Pinot Gris has a lush texture. Aromas of ripe pear, melon, nectarine, peach, raspberry, camarillo and feijoa are detected on the nose. These are followed by a plush entry of ripe stone fruit, nacho pear, pawpaw and citrus on the palate.  Mouth filling with a full mid-palate balanced with bright mineral acidity and a long finish of pear and nectarine.  

Enjoy with Asian cuisine, seafood, white meats or salad dishes.

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Variety 100% Pinot Gris
Appellation Central Otago
Sub Region Bannockburn
Vineyard Defiance
Harvest Date 2nd &6th April 2020
Alcohol 13.5%
Residual Sugar 10.8g/L
Ph 3.15
TA 7.22g/L


The Awards

Wine reviews: 

"Taut and racy with bright-green, lime-acid edginess, salted citrus and green-skinned pear. The acidity is sweet and chewy with a lively sweetness providing balance, vibrancy and lift. An extremely long and eloquent example of gris that holds great tension all the way to the finish line."  - Cuisine March 2021

 "this shiny new Pinot Gris is explosively fresh, frisky .....( with)a clean crunchy finish".  - Yvonne Lorkin

"An elegant Pinot Gris"  - Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews.