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Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Gris

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Hello texture! A lovely rich Pinot Gris this one, built rich and voluptuous and quite decadent. So much flavour and penetration with this white in some very impressive packaging too. Much to like. Much.

Winemaker's Notes

Grapes were hand selected and picked from our original plantings of Pinot Gris. After fermentation in small oak foudres, the wine was aged on lees for 6 months prior to bottling.

Appearance: Straw.

Nose: Dried citrus skin, peach and quince, with spicy notes of fresh ginger and manuka honey.

Palate: Pure bright fruit dominates a crisp and fine structure. A linear texture that highlights the concentration of the harvest.

Cellaring: Three to 6 years.

Alcohol: 13.5%

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Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Gris

Expert Reviews

Michael Cooper (2011 Vintage) says
Powerful, ripe style, still very youthful, estate-grown in the lower Waihopai Valley. Full-coloured and sturdy, with strong plum and spice flavours, a hint of licorice, and a tight finish. Best 2015+.
May/June 2013
WINESTATE (2010 Vintage) says
Winestate Magazine, Mar/Apr
Michael Cooper (2010 Vintage) says
The 2009 vintage was estate-grown in the Waihopai Valley and fermented and lees-aged in large German oak ovals and old French barriques. It's a fleshy, soft wine with soaring alcohol (14.8 per cent) and very ripe stone-fruit and spice flavours, showing some oak complexity. A beautifully harmonious wine, it is finely textured and rich, with a very rounded finish. The 2010 , barrel-fermented and made in a medium style (31 grams/litre of residual sugar), is mouthfilling and harmonious, with ripe stone-fruit and spice flavours, a very subtle seasoning of oak, and excellent richness, complexity and roundness.
2011 - 2015
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
The 2009 vintage was estate-grown in the Waihopai Valley and fermented and lees-aged in large German oak ovals and old French barriques. It's a fleshy, soft wine with soaring alcohol (14.8 per cent) and very ripe stone-fruit and spice flavours, showing some oak complexity. A beautifully harmonious wine, it is finely textured and rich, with a very rounded finish. The 2010 , barrel-fermented and made in a medium style (31 grams/litre of residual sugar), is mouthfilling and harmonious, with ripe stone-fruit and spice flavours, a very subtle seasoning of oak, and excellent richness, complexity and roundness.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2008 Vintage) says
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
This top-shelf Spy Valley pinot gris gets a stylish, tall, heavy bottle. It's a complex and richly aromatic wine with smoky, savoury nuances set amid juicy ripe pear and stone fruit aromas. The palate's all wrapped in sweet peach, nectarine and paw paw flavour, really intense and well and truly at the sweeter end of the spectrum. Markedly different style from the standard Spy Valley gris.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
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Michael Cooper (2007 Vintage) says
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2006 Vintage) says
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines

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