Rongopai Marlborough Pinot Gris 2009
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 grapes were harvested when physiologically ripe from several of our vineyards in Marlborough. The vineyards with heavier soils add weight to the wine, where the lighter soils bring varietal aromatics. In the winery 85% of juice was fermented in tank at various temperatures and with various yeast to capture varietal character and build interest. The balance 15% was fermented in old French oak and lees stirred to increase the body and complexity of the wine.
This wine has a pleasant bouquet of honey, glazed pear and lemon blossoms. Sweet syrupy pears join with honeysuckle in a weighty, yet elegant tango on the palate. Leesy complexity adds to this soft yet well structured wine. A touch of spice reminiscent of home made ginger beer and lingering sweet fruit form an intriguing and satisfying finish.