2016 Catalina Sounds Pinot Gris
Cracka Value Rating
RRP $30.99 per bottle
Our Price $26.99
$161.94 (6 x 750ml)
This special single vineyard Gris hails from New Zealand’s famous Marlborough wine region. A dry white, it’s full of pure quince, spiced pear, peach and floral flavours that continue to build. Subtle use of oak gives you a layered and well-rounded mouth-feel balanced by fresh acidity and mineral notes. A beautiful drink on it’s own, otherwise it will make an exceptional partner to Asian cuisine or white poultry dishes.
Vinification: Hand-picked fruit (1/4 & 6/4/16) was whole bunch pressed and then two fermentation techniques were used. 88% was fermented slowly (almost 3 months’ duration) with high solids in stainless steel, building weight whilst preserving aromatics. The balance 12% was fermented warm in French oak puncheons. All parcels remained un-sulphured on heavy lees until blending in early July, building savouriness, aromatic interest and a strong textural element into the wine.
Aroma: The wine has appealing aromatics of pear, peach, honey and beeswax.
Palate: Weighty but refreshingly balanced and cleansing palate.
Food matching: Lovely to drink on its own, it will also match beautifully with pork belly, quail or other poultry, and Asian themed dishes.
Vintage notes: 2016 experienced modest crops for Pinot Gris, with the bonus of excellent concentration in the resulting wines. The 2015/16 growing season was warm and dry, enabling the Pinot Gris to be picked with lovely flavour at relatively low sugar levels. This has ensured that the wine maintains a lightness and freshness despite the richness that the variety inherently possesses and also has been purposely built into it.