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Wither Hills Pinot Gris

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There are few wineries in Marlborough that could claim to be as successful as Wither Hills and the brand is world famous for producing classic Kiwi wines that represent the region in such an evocative way. This is a classic Gris style based on the wines of Alsace with varietal character of quince, pear, peach and lime. A small portion of the fruit sees time in barrel to enhance the texture and the end result is a wine that’s fresh and captures the fruit perfectly. It’s unctuous and long with a lingering finish making it the best thing to open with good company and perhaps some washed rind cheese.

Winemaker's Notes

This 2015 Wither Hills Pinot Gris has lovely fruit purity and poise with layered aromas and flavours of fleshy white peach, grapefruit, quince and Beurre Bosc pear.

The palate is off-dry in style and refreshingly vibrant, delivering a beautifully succulent mouth feel balanced by a thread of refined spicy pear skin phenolics for a long and textural finish. A tempting wine of remarkable intensity and style.

Food Pairing
Perfect with a wide range of foods such as salty feta and/or washed rind cheeses, wood-smoked river salmon and roast pork with crackling.

Thirteen small and strategically selected vineyard sites including our coastal Rarangi vineyard, were harvested and kept separate throughout the winemaking process to provide vineyard integrity and also offer the greatest possible number of blending combinations. The fruit was hand and machine picked, gently pressed, ambiently settled, racked and cool fermented in stainless steel tanks and a small proportion of French oak barriques with selected yeast strains to enhance the unique aromatics and flavours.

Marlborough began the season with cool temperatures and a high number of spring frosts which continually threatened the early season growth. However weeks of warm and dry weather throughout the remainder of the season ensured ripening conditions were optimum for canopy growth and berry development. Although there was a small cold spell at the beginning of flowering, average temperatures over this time were still above the long term average, encouraging a quick fruit set and advanced ripening. An earlier than average harvest with favourable weather during the autumn months allowed the winemakers freedom in their picking decisions. This helped to produce immaculate berries which reached the pinnacle of their expression without the taint of disease. Drought conditions put stress on the region’s water resources this year but also encouraged the production of small berries packed with intense flavours.

Alcohol: 13.5%

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Wither Hills Pinot Gris

Expert Reviews

Gary Walsh (2014 Vintage) says
Pear, honey, lime and lime rind, some funk and spice. Rich fruit flavour, pear and musk and spice with a honey and vanilla glaze, very fine powdery grip, even acidity, dry finish of good length. Big style, done well.
2014 - 2018
WINESTATE (2011 Vintage) says
Aromas of ripe pears and cashew nuts. Soft and oily in the mouth with sweet citrus flavours.
WINESTATE Volume 34 - Special Edition
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
This pinot gris shows some handy complexity and richness on the nose, with ripe pears and stone fruits, and fragrant lift and floral notes too. The palate's nicely worked into smooth shape, with long pear and peach flavour and decent acid balance. Tidy indeed.
The Good Wine Guide 2011
WINESTATE (2010 Vintage) says
Soft, sweet and oily, with plenty of lifted grassy/passionfruit characters with
Winestate magazine 2010
WINESTATE (2008 Vintage) says
Subtle creamy/earthy bouquet and powerful pear and citrus flavours - intense and lively.
Winestate 2009

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