Rongopai Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012
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 lifted aromas of spice, pear and orange blossom greet the taster. The palate is luscious, with glazed pears and a creamy lees complexity with a moderate acidity that balances the wine and retains a degree of freshness. This wine has a lengthy palate with creaminess and a pleasing minerality that lingers, rounding off a superb wine.
SILVER MEDAL - New World Wine Awards 2013