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2015 Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg Pinot Gris

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The Gris phenomenon continues to gather momentum and the Kiwis are doing it brilliantly especially from the cool region of Central Otago. This dramatic region produces excellent examples of aromatic whites and will be one to watch in the next few years. It’s made in the Alsacian style, which means it’s generous in texture and lively with pear and tropical fruits before a slightly sweet finish.

Winemaker's Notes

This wine displays delicious ripe Pinot Gris aromatics reminiscent of a fruit cocktail full of white peach, passionfruit and rock melon. These characters are richly replicated on the palate, with a full textured mid palate and an off-dry finish.

Cellaring potential: Roaring Meg Central Otago Pinot Gris is optimal drinking from release to four years of age.

Vintage 2015: The beginning of spring bloomed dry and cool with low soil moisture coming into the season, November was characterised by much cooler than normal temperatures. The vines got away to a reasonably slow start. December was warm and remarkably settled leading to a compact and successful flowering. The warm settled spell continued right through January. February arrived and whilst warm was unusually damp, with much higher than average rainfall. March dried the vineyards out and the season finished with a warm flourish in April. We again started harvesting with lower sugars than typical at nice ripe flavours. The harvest was very compact; everything being harvested over a 21 day period.

Vineyards: The grapes for this wine come from our vineyards in Central Otago’s Cromwell basin.

Winemaking considerations: The fruit was harvested in top condition from the 14th April to the 4th of May. The fruit was processed in a reductive manner, with the juice settled overnight and racked clean the following morning. The wine was fermented cool, to help maximise varietal character. The wine was stop fermented in an off-dry style to provide some palate weight and texture. The wine wasn’t fined before being filtered and bottled.

Alc/vol: 14.0%

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2015 Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg Pinot Gris

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Bob Campbell MW (2015 Vintage) says
Medium-dry pinot gris, with a seductively soft texture and pleasant pear and spicy apple flavours. Flattered by a well-judged hint of sweetness that is supported by fruity acidity. Offers good value at this price.
2016 - 2020
Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
A gris of drive, freshness and zesty energy, loaded with fresh pear and lemon zest fruit, finishing poised, mineral and persistent with some lingering fruit sweetness.
Wine100, November Issue
Nick Stock (2011 Vintage) says
The junior label here, showing a bright, smooth and attractive pear and peach nose, some gentle leesy, creamy notes and subtle spice. The palate's bright and juicy, with really even and fully formed texture; sweet candied-peach flavours run pretty darn long.
The Good Wine Guide
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
This has really striking yellow peach and nectarine fruit and heads into the tropical zone too - really attractive wine, filled with zesty appeal and a hint of spice. Mango, guava and ripe yellow stone fruit flavours make an instant impact up front, nicely shaped and textured, all delivered in smoothly honed style. Terrific value, this kills it in the crowd-pleasing stakes and punches well above its weight!
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009

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