Stanley Estate Intrepid Pinot Gris 2018
What is not to love about Kiwi Pinot Gris? It’s a style that stands out on the tasting bench and also the dinner table. Always a bit more fruit, character and body than their cross-Tasman cousins, which makes the wine a perfect match for food. This Stanley is full to the brim with stone fruit, floral notes and citrus tang. It’s time to find that Charmaine Soloman cookbook that your aunty gave you a decade ago and start cooking up a South East Asian feast to match this wine.
“Gorgeously fruited and inviting, the richly expressed bouquet shows golden peach, poached pear, floral and subtle spice aromas. It's equally appealing on the palate, delivering excellent fruit intensity and succulent mouthfeel, leading to a lengthy tasty finish.”
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Medium bodied, this is a lively, yet weighty Pinot Gris with a fine phenolic thread providing structure and longevity. The palate shows tangy grapefruit, interlaced with creamy, baked apple that culminates in a silky, honeyed, lingering finish with a delicate touch of white pepper.
The 2018 Season was a season of 2 halves, hot dry spring led into a hot wet summer. Vintage started on an“average” start date in the 1st week of April. Fruit cropping levels were at “normal” to slightly higher levels. The flavours developed steadily during the ripening period, we picked the fruit in parcels as the blocks reached their maturity. The grapes were machine harvested at night when the fruit temperatures are lower to capture and maintain the fruit freshness.
After a gentle pressing cycle, the juice was settled and racked clear. Sixty percent of the juice went to stainless steel tanks and was inoculated with french yeast to retain varietal fruit flavours and aromas. The other forty percent was fermented in old french oak barriques, where it enjoyed a natural ‘Wild Yeast’ fermentation to enhance overall complexity . The wine developed over the next 10 months with occasional batonnage, giving a real depth of flavour, texture and palate weight to the wine.
Marlborough is the famous region that has rocketed NZ into the world wine scene. For good or for bad, the wine that hails from here is distinctive, exploding with aromatics and quality and balance are only improving. Located at the top of the South Island, there is no doubt that Marlborough is the epicentre of the New Zealand wine industry - a region synonymous with some of the world's best Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The distinctive conditions of Marlborough - warm, sunny days and cold nights allow winemakers to unleash the unique expressions of grape, not seen anywhere else in the world.