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Organic Marlborough Pinot Gris

One look at the stunning rose gold appearance of our Family Estates Organic Marlborough Pinot Gris highlights the effort, skill and craft that has gone into producing a wine that reflects all that is great about Babich, and organic wines. All that glitters, truly turns to gold.

TASTING NOTES

Floral and bready with nutmeg, honey suckle, pear and ginger. Soft and mouth filling entry with good volume and structure throughout. Baked pear, quince and mineral are joined by soft lime and red guava on the long finish.

The fruit was harvested in excellent condition from our certified organic Headwaters Vineyard near Renwick in Marlborough’s Wairau Valley. The grapes were crushed and after three hours of skin contact, pressed. Fermentation was by wild yeasts followed by full malolactic fermentation. After seven months on lees in barrel, the wine was fined and bottled. Deeply coloured berries are reflected in the rose-gold appearance of this wine.

A great match with fresh fish and seafood or a delicious chicken Tikka Masala. Pairs well with a different range of foods.

93 POINTS - Cameron Douglas MS, The Shout, March 2021
90 POINTS - NZ Wine Rater
4 STARS - Michael Cooper, www.michaelcooper.co.nz, May 2021

"The noticeable onion-skin hue appearance only adds to the allure of red apple, green pear, white spice and mineral lees aromas. Fruit and mineral flavours present immediately on the palate with a tense and crisp mouthfeel, superfine tannins and balanced dry finish. Well made and ready to enjoy from today and through 2024."
93 POINTS -Cameron Douglas MS, The Shout, March 2021

"Strongly aromatic bouquet with intense Pinot Gris characters, rose petal, peach skin, yellow plum and some fresh vanilla/cream. An intense, dry full fleshy palate with enough acid to balance the richness. Well worked in the winery, a very generous, mellow glass of wine.
90 POINTS - NZ Wine Rater

"The distinctive 2020 vintage is a single-vineyard wine, certified organic. Pink/orange, it is mouthfilling, with ripe apricot and spice flavours, hints of strawberry, pear and ginger, a touch of tannin, and a dry finish. Showing good personality, it's a drink-now or cellaring proposition."
4 STARS - Michael Cooper, www.michaelcooper.co.nz, May 2021

TASTING NOTES

White florals over mineral apple aromatic notes with a touch of mace and citrus. Structured and solid upon entry and displaying ginger and darker spices with lemon and ripe apple lingering. A suggestion of cinnamon on the finish. Complex and intriguing.

The fruit was harvested in excellent condition from our certified organic Headwaters Vineyard near Renwick in Marlborough’s Wairau Valley. The grapes were crushed and after 12 hours of skin contact, pressed. Fermentation was by a combination of wild and commercial yeast strains followed by malolactic fermentation. After six months on lees the wine was fined and bottled. Deeply coloured small berries have resulted in the unique rose-gold appearance of this wine.

A great match with fresh fish and seafood or a delicious chicken Tikka Masala. Pairs well with a different range of foods.

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.

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.

Try this organic Marlborough Pinot Gris with BBQ’d prosciutto wrapped scallops drizzled with mandarin infused olive oil.

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

"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