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The Seaview Vineyard in the Awatere Valley is exposed to some of the toughest growing conditions in Marlborough; high sunshine and wind, cool nights and low rainfall which produces a smaller, thicker skinned berry with intense fruit flavours. This Pinot Gris is made from two blocks from the Seaview Vineyard. One being, block L6M which is relatively flat and coastal and this site gives a pure mineral quality that is the structural backbone to the palate of the Single Vineyard Pinot Gris. The other parcel, block E6 that makes the Single Vineyard grade is located on a sheltered north facing slope, within the Seaview Vineyard. This pocket gives luscious ripe pear and quince aromas that makes this wine so alluring.
The two blocks were harvested over two days in mid-April. The fruit was crushed, destemmed then pressed gently prior to cold settling for 72 hours. A portion (10%) was racked directly to older French barriques to undergo fermentation. The balance was racked to a small stainless steel tank and fermented separately using a selected yeast. A long cool fermentation followed. The parcels were then kept on lees for a period of two months, with some stirring to help gain texture and structure. The wine was then blended, stabilised and filtered prior to bottling.
Brimming with concentrated notes of poached pears and melon, as well as underlying flavours of quince and a touch of ginger. The palate is full-bodied and luscious, showing wonderful balance between texture, fruit weight and mineral acidity, with a long dry finish. Enjoy with poultry and mushroom dishes such as creamy pasta with porcini, or heavier seafood dishes.
This wine is suitable for vegetarians, vegans and gluten free diets.