Family Estates Headwaters Organic Pinot Gris

Select Vintage

2017

Grape:

Pinot Gris

Region:

Marlborough

Vineyard:

Headwaters vineyard - Wairau Valley

Recommended Food:

Try with BBQ’d prosciutto wrapped scallops drizzled with mandarin infuse olive oil.

Recommended Cellaring:

0-5 years

Production Notes:

The grapes were crushed and de-stemmed with 3hrs contact. Parcels of grapes were harvested from our Headwaters Organic Marlborough vineyard. The wine was fermented with wild yeast in-tank with a maximum temperature of 20 degrees to capture varietal character and build interest. The wine spent 7 months on lees.

Technical Notes:

Alcohol: 12.5%
TA: 4.4g/l
pH: 3.47
Residual Sugar: Dry

Tasting Notes:

Aromas of pear, ginger and honeysuckle with a biscuity complexity. The palate is a rich, soft up-front impact flows smoothly into apple and pear with ginger and hint of citrus elements. Well-crafted structure with length and elegance.

Technical

Alcohol:

12.5

Clonal Selection:

GM 2/5 - planted 2004

Fermentation:

Wild yeast, 20°C maximum temperature.

Fermentation Vessel:

Stainless Steel Tank

Filtration:

Yes

Fining:

Gelatine

Grape:

Pinot Gris

Harvest Analysis:

21.6 °Brix; pH 3.42; TA 6.2 g/L

Harvest Dates:

10th of April

Harvest Method:

Machine

Malolactic:

89%

Maturation:

7 months on lees

pH:

3.47

Processing:

Crushed and de-stemmed - 3 hrs skin contact.

Residual Sugar:

Dry

TA:

4.4g/L

Vineyard:

Headwaters vineyard - Wairau Valley

Year:

2017

Awards

4 STARS – Cuisine Magazine, Feb 2019

90 POINTS -Cameron Douglas MS, The Shout, Aug 2018 issue

4 STARS – Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Apr 2018

Reviews

“Varietal enticing bouquet of Gris with apple, pear and white fleshed fruits.  A soft white pepper layer and light lees and ginger note. Crisp and fruity with flavours that reflect the nose plus a touch of lemon and barley sugar. A dryish finish with flavours transitioning through white fleshed fruits into citrus and a hint of mineral.”
90 POINTS
– Cameron Douglas MS, The Shout, Aug 2018 issue

“Full, even, straw-yellow colour with pale golden hues, a little lighter on the edge.  The nose is soft and gently voluminous with fragrant aromas of yellow stonefruits and exotic florals, interwoven with spicy and mineral elements.  This has a soft density and finesse of expression.  Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a soft-textured and gently mouthfilling flavours of yellow stonefruits lifted by exotic florals, along with notes of quince and spice, revealing subtle chalky mineral nuances.  The palate has light, refreshing, zesty acidity, and the wine flows along a softly textured line with a fine phenolic thread leading to an elegant, slender, lingering finish.  This is a softly mouthfilling, gently textured dry Pinot Gris with stonefruit, floral, spice and mineral flavours.”
4 STARS
-Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinerviews.co.nz, Apr 2018