Pokiri Reserve Late Harvest Pinot Gris 2014
A mild spring, warm summer and early autumn produced beautifully ripe fruit. Rain in the late autumn produced beautiful noble botrytis, which has given the wine extra richness and concentration while still allowing it to clearly express its spectrum of natural varietal flavours.
The Vineyard and the Vines
The grapes were grown on well drained stony soil in the Waipara Valley. The rows of vines are orientated in a north south direction to ensure good sunlight exposure on each side of the plant and to assist even ripening of the berries.
The Harvest and Winemaking
After picking the beautifully shrivelled berries, the fruit was pressed and the juice was fermented and aged in barrels for two years. The noble botrytis and lees ageing have increased the mouth feel and complexity of this wine.
On release, it has a bright golden hue. The generous aromas and flavours suggest ripe apricots, yellow fleshed peaches, pears and spice. While rich and unctuous in the mouth, it has a lively spine of minerality and acid so that it is fresh and clean throughout the palate. There is a hint of toffee and crushed ginger in the finish that help draw out the lingering flavours of the fruit.