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Pinot Gris 2016

The Season

Warm and settled weather in North Canterbury during December provided optimal conditions for flowering. A perfect summer, followed by a warm dry autumn enabled the subsequent grapes to be picked with excellent flavour development and physiological ripeness.


The Harvest and Winemaking

The fruit was harvested in stages during April, with the later portion including some noble botrytis. After picking, it was pressed and the juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks. The wine was then given a short period of ageing on its natural yeast deposit (sur lie), prior to bottling. 

The Wine

On the nose there are pronounced aromas of stone fruit, lychees and pear drops, underpinned with honeysuckle and tropical spices. It is full-bodied, concentrated and unctuous in the mouth with a tangy hint of root ginger. The earlier picked fruit adds freshness and satisfying acidity, while the noble botrytis and lees ageing have increased the mouth feel and complexity of this wine.

Sue LaidlawPinot Gris
Pokiri Reserve Late Harvest Pinot Gris 2014

The Season

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.

The 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.

Sue LaidlawPinot Gris