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Pinot Gris 2019
Neck of the Woods:
Lowburn/Pisa, Central Otago.
Parcels of fruit were hand-picked from two vineyards in Lowburn and Pisa and brought into the winery as each site achieved both flavour and phenolic ripeness. Whole bunches were loaded into the press and the juice gently extracted over a three hour cycle with no press cuts. The juice was settled in tank overnight before being racked to neutral barrel (80%) and a stainless steel tank (20%).
The stainless steel ferment was kept relatively cool at 16 degrees whilst the barrels were left to their own devices reaching warmer temperatures which is particularly important for a drier style of wine.
The wine in barrel was kept on lees for 2.5 months with no stirring and the stainless component was racked off gross less post fermentation.
We captured the essence of the season and the complimentary character of two sites that are literally in the same “neck of the woods.” The resulting wine is complexly layered with great ageing potential and endless food pairing possibilities.
Lowburn/Pisa, Central Otago.
- Climate: Semi-Continental
- Vineyards: Lowburn & Pisa Range
- Soils: Glacial derived with schist as the parent rock & light to deep Loess soils interspersed with gravels
- Wine Analysis: 3.31 pH, 6.3 gL/TA, 1.51gL/RS
- Harvest data: 22.6/22.4 & pH 3.23/3.33 & TA 8/6.5
Poached pear, lychee, mandarin zest and vanilla bean on the nose with more citrus notes to follow on the palate. Lush yet refined stone fruit on the front palate leads to an incredibly textured mid palate the finishes long and fresh.
Nellie Bly Pioneer journalist, daring activist
We’re inspired by pioneers. By those who aren’t afraid to take risks and do things differently. Who stay true to what they believe. And we dedicate every one of our vintages to a groundbreaking, rule-defying character that followed their passion and forged their own path.
Our Gris celebrates the pioneering, if not the very first, investigative journalist Nellie Bly.
Struggling to find a work as a journalist she went undercover to exposé the New York City Lunatic Asylum. She checked herself in as a patient and uncovered the inhuman treatment of the mentally ill. She subsequently published her daring dispatches as a book, “Ten Days in a Mad-House”. Her book brought about widespread change.
Nellie then made a famous, widely reported and intrepid 72-day trip around the globe. It was the fastest journey of her era and one that shattered the fictional record of Jules Verne’s wanderer, Phineas Fogg, in his novel “Around the World in 80 Days.”
Once she had conquered the globe she covered stories from the Eastern Front during World War I, and reported on the women’s suffrage movement. One of the first undercover investigative journalists — a true pioneer and daring activist.