Rongopai Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015
100% Pinot Gris
Works well with snapper fillets, rolled in fresh breadcrumbs and shallow fried, or with hot baked ham and glazed kumara.
Parcels of ripe grapes were harvested from several of our vineyards in Marlborough. The vineyards with heavier soils add weight to the wine, where the lighter soils bring varietal aromatics. A large percentage of juice was fermented in tank at various temperatures and with various yeast to capture varietal character and build interest. The balance was fermented in old French oak and lees stirred to increase the body and complexity of the wine.
The sweet, lifted aroma of proving bread appeals on the nose along with pleasant notes of white stone fruit, with spice and citrus adding to this sensory delight. Sweet Danish pastry and spicy pear tart emerge out of the succulent and sweetly fruited palate. Generous mineral flavours compliment the rich and full weight. Ginger and lemon zest add a pleasing zing to the finish.
"It is ripe and elegantly fragrant on the nose displaying baked apple, pear, floral and subtle spice characters. The palate delivers gentle fruit weight and smooth texture, leading to a long, juicy finish. It is very easy on the palate and makes a lovely everyday wine."
-Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, www.wineorbit.co.nz, Feb 2016