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Mount Riley Pinot Gris

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We are going on a Gris hunt, we’re looking for a good one. Oh looks like we found it. Thanks to the winemaking nous of Mount Riley we’ve located an aromatic white that makes an alternative to Sauvignon Blanc. All of Marlborough’s charms are on show here thanks to grapes picked in the Wairau Valley creating a wine that’s perfumed and textured. Textbook Gris with abundant apple and pear flavours, as well as a slight honeyed complexity, before a mouth-filling and rich palate. It’s an elegant Gris that would shine even more with food.

Winemaker's Notes

The grapes for this wine were grown in the Wairau and Awatere Valley’s of Marlborough. A perfect growing season led to generous crops which were judiciously thinned in order to make a wine of concentration and power. Cooler late season temperatures slowed ripening allowing full flavour development and retention of bright natural acidity.

We harvested the fruit at night in cool temperatures to preserve the wonderful flavours and aromatics. The grapes were gently pressed and the juice settled prior to fermentation. 10% was fermented in barrel to accentuate texture and complexity in the wine. The remainder was fermented in stainless steel tanks at cool temperatures to retain the bright, varietal aromatics. 

Appearance: Pale straw.

Nose: Bright florals and ripe fruits are complemented with spice and stone fruit notes.

Palate: The wine is just off-dry with ripe fruit flavours, rich texture and balanced acidity.

Food: Great with white meat, veal, Asian food, and cheeses and dried fruits for dessert.

Cellaring: Drinking well now, this wine can be enjoyed until late 2017.

Alcohol: 13.5%

Reviews and Accolades

It was a double pinot whammy for Mount Riley, which scooped the value award in gris as well as noir for this off-dry example. Burzynska observed its “intense pear and stone fruit palate with its notes of honeysuckle musk and lemon zest”. McKenna liked its “sound, ripe, clean pear and white stone fruit flavours” and found it “beautifully balanced with minimum sugar and soft appealing acid”, and Skilton appreciated its “underlying freshness".
- Wine NZ Magazine - November 2014.

This new vintage of Pinot Gris is another winner, with intense pear and stone fruit palate, honeysuckle, musk and lemon zest and whisper of sweetness.
- Spitting Image, Jo Burzynska. October 2014.

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Mount Riley Pinot Gris

Expert Reviews

WINESTATE (2011 Vintage) says
Winestate Magazine, Mar/Apr
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
This has bright, ripe stone fruits, some tropical hints and sweet floral fragrance on offer. The palate has tinned-peach and pear flavours, with gently chalky through the finish. Soft and easy.
The Good Wine Guide
Michael Cooper (2010 Vintage) says
The 2010 vintage was mostly handled in tanks, but 5 per cent of the blend was barrel-fermented. It's a medium-dry style, mouthfdling and smooth, with very good depth of fresh, pure pear and spice flavours and a ripely scented bouquet.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2008 Vintage) says
The 2008 vintage is fresh, with satisfying depth of pear, apple and spice flavours and a slightly sweet (11 grams/litre of residual sugar), smooth finish.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2007 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2006 Vintage) says
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