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2015 Villa Maria Private Bin Pinot Gris Marlborough Pinot Gris

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Is Pinot Gris the great white hope for New Zealand after the flood of Sauvignon Blanc? If it tastes as good as this then we’d happily do a swap for a while. This Pinot fruit comes from Gisborne, Hawkes Bay and Marlborough to create a wine with texture and finesse. It’s a lively nose showing apple and pear and some trademark spice that’s associated with the variety. Definitely a food wine this, as it’s rich in texture, nicely balanced with a dry finish. It would be a sensational match for oily fish like salmon or trout.

Winemaker's Notes

The fruit for this wine was grown in the Marlborough, Gisborne and Waipara winegrowing regions. Vineyards across these regions offer a diversity of soil types ranging from free draining gravelly soils to silty clay, contributing to the complexity of aromatics and flavour in the finished wine. To ensure excellent intensity of flavour and ripeness levels, low yields are maintained with sufficient fruit exposure.

This Pinot Gris has aromatics of pear, red apple and honeysuckle, a rich mouthfeel and a delicious off dry finish.

Serving suggestion: Seafood, soft cheeses, salads and white meats.

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2015 Villa Maria Private Bin Pinot Gris Marlborough Pinot Gris

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Nick Stock (2012 Vintage) says
Lovely, vivid, varietally true aromas of crunchy nashi pear and citrus fruits burst from the glass. There s hints of marzipan and clotted cream, and lighter wafts of dill and cucumber. Textured, balanced and long of finish, the 2012 Villa Maria plays Pinot Gris beautifully, coaxing out all the characters that impress with the variety in New Zealand.
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Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
Vila's Private Bin range is all about fruit-driven, varietaily styled wines, and this has plenty of ripe pear and fragrant peach, and some honeysuckle too - it's very much in the varietal zone. The palate adds some rosewater flavours to these fruits, acid holds the finish crisp, and the balance is right on.
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