Georges Road Selection Pinot Gris 2011
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Natalie's tasting note, score, food pairings and recipes for this wine
Reviewed June 22, 2012 by Natalie MacLean
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|Season: A superb season in Waipara. Consistent bud burst, no frost issues, great weather over flowering/fruit-set, enough rainfall, minimal disease pressure and no picking or timing issues at harvest. Ideal.|
Vineyard: The fruit for this wine was hand harvested from our Georges Road vineyard in Waipara. Vineyard soils are predominantly loam and gravel based. The vines are trained to a 2 cane VSP trellis with row spacing at 2.0m and vine spacing at 1.5m. A portion of the vines are at 1.0m. Clones are a mix of 2/15, 2/16, Ovaille and Barrie on 3309 and 101-14 rootstock. The fruit was transported on the day of harvest to the winery for processing. Shoot and crop thinning are employed to ensure optimum fruit quality at relatively low cropping levels of 1.5kg/vine.
Winemaking: The fruit was loaded straight into the Press and gently whole bunch pressed. The resulting juice was settled briefly overnight in tank before being racked to seasoned French oak barrels where it underwent a natural fermentation to near dryness. The wine remained on gross lees for 4 months, with occasional stirring, to build additional texture before being racked, blended and filtered just prior to bottling
Wine: A nod to Alsace. This aromatic wine exhibits layers of stonefruit and spice typical of the variety together with a generous palate weight, texture and length. Lovely balance with hint of fruit sweetness and fresh acidity. In line with our natural winemaking philosophy this wine has not been fined or cold stabilised.
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Serve this wine between 55-60 degrees Farenheit or 12-16 degrees Celsius. Tip: If your bottle is at room temperature, put it in ice water for about 30 minutes or in the fridge for about three hours to chill it.