Matahiwi Estate

Matahiwi Estate Pinot Gris 2016
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Matahiwi Estate Pinot Gris 2016

With this wine, we are trying to achieve a more Alsace style of Pinot Gris that is richer and more complex. A portion has therefore been barrel fermented to develop texture and complexity in the final wine. The palate displays aromas of pear, nectarine and toasted almonds leading to a lingering dry finish. This wine is best enjoyed in its youth but will further develop over the next 4 years.

Vineyard

Fruit for this Pinot Gris is from our vineyard in the northern Wairarapa and a blend of two different clones. Young vines with a small crop that reached very good ripeness in a long season and a cooler summer followed by a warm dry autumn.

Winemaking

To develop some richness and creaminess in this wine, we have barrel-fermented 30% of the blend in old barrels. We have also used a variety of yeasts (including some wild ferments) in these barrels to build complexity in the wine. Of the tank-fermented portion, we have used an aromatic yeast to capture that fresh varietal character of Pinot Gris.

 

Technical Notes

Alcohol: 13.5%

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