The 2011 vintage started slowly with unseasonably cool spring weather through to December, where we experienced a late cool flowering. Over February, March and April we enjoyed the fantastic dry weather patterns Marlborough is renowned for, with warm days and cool nights enhancing the grapes natural flavours.
Available 12th May 2014
Good weather and average temperatures saw budburst open the season typically early. The fine days continued to warm up through November and December allowing the flowering to complete amid wonderful summer conditions. A warm, fine and dry start to the season saw strong fruit setting. However fortunes quickly changed and the wettest winter for over 80 years followed. Once spring eventually sprung and the ground dried out the fruit matured very nicely with a long ripening period and dry, but somewhat cool, picking conditions over a two and a half week period.
The warmth and dryness of January and February ripened the fruit beautifully with harvest commencing around 4th April. The blocks were harvested and pressed off gently then cold settled for 72 hours. The juice was racked and inoculated with a selected yeast strain to capture the well-defined Awatere Valley
Pinot Gris flavours. A long and cool fermentation took place. The wine was then racked off settled yeast lees, lightly fined and filtered prior to bottling.
Our Awatere Valley Pinot Gris has flavours of white peach and savoury yeastiness characters. Elegant and deftly balanced with a dry mouth-watering finish.
This wine is highly versatile and will match with most light to medium flavoured foods.
Yealands Estate - www.cellardoor.yealandsestate.co.nz