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Mount Fishtail Pinot Gris 2012
1 May 2012
Case of 12 x 750ml bottle, screw cap closure
Grapes for this wine were sourced from the old pear block on the slopes of the lower Waihopai Valley. Soils on these sites differ greatly from the valley floor with higher proportions of clay mixed in with the gravels. As with the previous vintage the vines were trained on a 2 cane, VSP trellis, allowing the fruit to hang below the canopy and be ventilated by the gentle breezes this site enjoys. The 2012 growing season was one of the cooler on record, allowing the fruit to ripen in the cool autumn sun.
The fruit was picked at night to keep the fruit flavours fresh. After short skin contact, settling & racking the juice was fermented in a combination of stainless steel tanks and older barrels to encourage complexity. We use a special strain of yeast isolated in Alsace to gently ferment the juice without losing the subtle aromatics of the Pinot Gris. After fermentation the wine was kept on fine yeast lees in order to harmonise the wine.
This is probably the boldest Pinot Gris we have made. The nose shows excellent depth and complexity, subtle pear, white stone fruit & baking spices sit well with doughy yeast lees characters on the nose. In the mouth this is a substantial wine with more stone fruit richness, soft acidity, gentle aromatics and full texture.
While drinking well on release this wine has sufficient extract and depth of flavor to cellar for the next 5-8 years.
Richer types of cuisine such as game birds, duck, pheasant or guinea fowl, firm fleshed fish like Groper, Tuna or grilled Octopus. You could even try it with a subtle dessert of roast nectarines or peaches topped with toasted nuts and served with an almond Anglaise. Heaven.